How to celebrate Jesus at Easter without killing the Easter Bunny?
If you have followed along with our family for very long you might have caught on that I am a girl that loves celebrations, I love holidays and parties of any kind. I love spending time with people and making the time memorable, special and meaningful. Not everyone loves parties and holidays but for me, it is very important, and I honestly feel burdened to do this. Not burdened in a bad way burdened as in a calling I feel the weight of the need for meaningful celebrations that bring people together especially on Christmas and Easter. Because these two holidays celebrate central doctrine to the life of the Christian I want to make sure we are honoring God by celebrating big but with purpose and meaning!
I want my children to have fun and celebrate the Easter season because celebration is the whole point of Easter, we are celebrating the culmination of the greatest love story ever written. The Trinities plan to rescue a people that rebelled and turned from God. Easter is the celebration of the sacrifice and resurrection of God's own son, Jesus on our behalf! I want our children to know that we are celebrating the resurrection the very heart of our faith. I want them to know that without the resurrection our faith is useless and silly. I want this holiday to be raised in importance in their hearts, to not just be about bunny's, Easter baskets and dyed eggs. But here is the thing, you don't have to take away those things to make it about Jesus because part of the celebration is the fun. You just have to use these traditions in a way that points their hearts and minds towards Him. In this post, I will share a few of the ways that we do this in our home.
12 days before Easter Sunday we start using Resurrection Eggs as our family devotion during Holy week. Each egg has a small symbol in it, a verse and a short explanation to help tell the story of the passion. On Sunday morning you open the last egg and discover it empty to announce Jesus has been raised from the dead. The kids love this every year.
Another tradition we have The night before Easter we set out our Easter baskets under a wooden cross, we talk about our sin and how Jesus took our sin on the cross for us. We take rocks and name some of our sins we are struggling with and place them in the baskets. Then on Easter morning we wake up and see that our rocks have been taken away and replaced with gifts. Symbolizing the gift of new life that Jesus has given us through his death and resurrection.
Every year we host a big Easter lunch after Church at our house for people at the church who have no family in town and any other neighbor or friend who want to come. There are usually are lots of twenty-somethings and college students, which is super fun. Unlike Christmas and Thanksgiving, we celebrate Easter with friends from church every year, and I love it because they are our family too. I love the kids get to celebrate this amazing day with the body of Christ. We always have an egg hunt and dye easter eggs at the luncheon just for fun! Celebrating the resurrection with the family of God is one of my favorite traditions.
We also make sure the Easter baskets include a book that will help the children know Jesus more through the baskets. I am especially excited about the books I have chosen this year. I have included them below and all the Amazon links are there so you get them in time for Easter!
I hope these ideas help you celebrate Easter Big and more meaningful this year!