Growing up in Allentown I have many fond childhood memories of Easter-time in this area: 

* Going to Bamberger's department store at Lehigh Valley Mall or Hess's with mom to pick out an Easter dress with matching hat, shoes, purse and even gloves.

* Buying fragrant lilies and tulips at Dan Schantz Greenhouse.

* Going to church services on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.

* My jellybean corsage that I kept well past its life expectancy since it was too cute to throw away.

* Peeps chicks in my Easter basket. However, my favorite memories revolve around the Easter meal.

I'd often go with my grandmother to Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market to get the fresh veggies for dinner, the fruit for the pies and the ham. We'd grab two stools at the luncheonette in the center of the market and she'd treat me to a quick lunch. It was a special day spent together by grandmother and granddaughter.

After church on Sunday, we'd head down the street to Nana's house in South Allentown and the aroma of roasting ham would hit us the minute we opened the door. There were also potatoes au gratin, green beans and fresh bread. I would sit with my extended family around the long rectangular dinner table and we would talk and eat and visit.

Well, I'm all grown up now and the Easter dinner tradition has been passed on to my oldest sister. Nana is no longer with us, but the smell of lilies still takes me back to her house and our time together at Easter.

What are some of your favorite Easter memories?

This post was written by Tracey Werner and was originally published on April 10, 2009