SOMERS, N.Y. – The Easter bunny is sure to make his annual hop around northern Westchester this Sunday with chocolate eggs to hide in the backyard, but some Somers residents disagree on what time of the day he will hop by.
Michelle Fasone believes it will be when she goes to Easter mass Sunday morning so that her two children, Nicole, 9, and Andrew, 7, have a holiday surprise waiting for them when they get home. She said she speaks from experience.
“The Easter bunny usually comes when we’re at church,” she said.
Others like Peter Lewis, who lives in Heritage Hills, said the Easter bunny hides eggs in the afternoon, and even leaves some money with it as an extra incentive for the youngsters during the egg hunt. Needless to say, the prospect of finding these valuable eggs put a smile on the face of his son, Charles, 8.
Still others say that the Easter bunny comes at night after dinner.
Jackie Cruz, of Somers, said her daughter is grown up and married, and misses the Easter egg hunt.
“Those were the days,” she said.
However, in the absence of old traditions come new ones. For the first time this year Cruz, her daughter and son-in-law, and several more members of her family will go to the Westchester Broadway Theater in Elmsford to see a production of “Ragtime.”
A tradition Cruz does plan to keep this year is attending Easter Mass on Sunday morning.
Like Cruz, many residents said the holiday is primarily a religious celebration for them, with some fun elements for the kids.
“We go to church before going down to the Bronx where my mom lives for dinner,” said Michael Canavan, who plans to attend Mass Sunday at St. Joseph's in Somers.
Canavan said Easter is the second most important religious holiday of the year for his family, right behind Christmas. His family rotates hosting duties for Easter each year with other family in Staten Island, who will also be there for dinner in the Bronx on Sunday.
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