A typical Easter Sunday at the Garritano household begins in the early morning (around 8 AM). This year, my brother and I, being the mature 16 and 18 year olds we are, started off our mornings with a scavenger hunt. However, it wasn’t the normal game where you have to find the eggs, my dad thought we were too old for that. Instead, my parents created a series of clues, where we would have to solve the riddle, and the location of the answer would be where our “coupon” was held. There were 8 clues…which took us a good 45 minutes (it wasn’t easy!) Once we collected our coupons, we could cash them in for our prize at the end (AKA, the cute little gift basket our mom’s made us).
Once that was finished with, my brother unfortunately had to go to work and left us for the day. Since Easter is held at our house, my mom was cooking a majority of the food. She had the stuffed shells, roast beef, and peas ready for the day. Then, at 2 pm, my aunt, uncle, 2 cousins and 3 grandparents came to eat, because for some reason on every holiday 2 pm is the time to eat.
Throughout the dinner, there was this guessing game going on. Before everyone came over, my mother filled a jar with jelly beans and chocolate eggs. We had to observe the jar and write our guesses on a paper of how many eggs and jelly beans there were. Once everyone placed their guesses, my mom read the number and whoever was closest would win and keep the jar (I never win. Everyone always has these mathematical ways to figure out the number, I just write a number close to my brother’s for fun).
After our pasta dish and our main dish, we clean up a tad and move on to fruit. After fruit, the kids, meaning my 19 and 16 year old cousins and I (with the inclusion of my brother) like to go outside and play some type of sport. Usually, we play football in the street. However this time my cousin brought a game called “Kan Jam”, which involves 2 black plastic cans and a frisbee you have to try and throw into those cans. If you get the chance, I would definitely try it out, it’s pretty funny.
Once we’re all tired out, we move on to the dessert, which includes the pastries and the homemade wheat pies and cheese cakes. The New York Yankees game is usually on in the background, and go figure, they won in extra innings!
It hits about 6, and the family begins to leave. Everyone’s full and tired, and the college students have to head back to college. Over all, the traditional Garritano/Punteriero Easter lunch (or dinner) continues, and another holiday of love and fun passes by.