If it weren’t for Halloween, Easter would be the holiday where
people get the most candy. But besides the sweets, what makes
Easter an important holiday? Is it finding the brightly colored
eggs, the Easter Bunny or the church services? Whatever it is,
Easter isn’t a low-key holiday.
Here’s what Easter means to some CSU varsity athletes.
“Easter has always been a big holiday for my family,” said CSU
heptathlete Cristina Gourdin. “We would go to church in our Sunday
outfits, and then after taking a family picture, we would find the
eggs and our Easter baskets.”
Gourdin isn’t the only one who remembers searching for candy and
the importance of being with family. Guard Vanessa Espinoza, golfer
Stephanie Linnell and running back Marcus Houston also said that
big dinners, candy hunts and big Easter baskets were a tradition in
“We would always have a big family dinner,” Houston said. “I
remember we would wake up and search for candy that the Easter
“Easter was a really big event,” Linnell said. “We would wake up
in the morning, and get our basket, and we would have a hunt inside
the house. Then we went to church, and after that we would go to
grandma’s house to have brunch with the entire family. Cousins,
grandparents, aunts, uncles and then we had a really big hunt
outside with all my cousins.”
Why is Easter important?
Gourdin: It’s a family holiday. I love getting together with my
family sitting down to eat, talk and have fun.
Houston: I celebrate Easter because of the spiritual connection;
it’s the resurrection of Christ. And it’s an opportunity to be with
Espinoza: I think all holidays are an opportunity to spend time
with family, the ones you love and care about. That is the most
Linnell: I celebrate it because it’s the day that Jesus Christ
was risen and sent to heaven.
Gourdin: I think (my family and I) are having brunch with about
nine or 10 family members, and my Mom is still hiding the Easter
Houston: Church, and then I am going to my parents’ house to eat
a big dinner. But unfortunately the Easter bunny will not be hiding
Espinoza: I am going to Ashley Venekamp’s house. This is the
first holiday that I haven’t spent with my family so it’s kind of
weird, but they are like my second family.
Linnell: I live in Seattle, but I am spending Easter with my
boyfriend and his family. We are having brunch, going to church and
Saturday we dyed Easter eggs.
Favorite Easter candy?
Gourdin: I think I like them all, except jellybeans. But when I
was little my favorite candy was Peeps.
Houston: Cadbury Eggs
Espinoza: Russell Stover strawberry-filled eggs.
Linnell: Robin Eggs, you can lick them and the color sticks to
your lips like lipstick. Pink was the color when I was little.
The reason for celebrating Easter for these athletes varies from
person to person, but all seem to have two things in common: eggs
and the candy. “It’s like Thanksgiving,” Linnell said “It’s not so
much about the presents like Christmas is, but it’s all about the
food and being with the family.”