Making Easter More Meaningful

The message of Easter is not that Jesus is alive, it is so much more.  The message of Easter is that Jesus has risen.”                                                                 – Colin Smith

Easter is right around the corner. And like many holidays, the true meaning can get lost in the in the midst of the celebration. Easter baskets, bunnies, and egg hunts are a blast, but it is important not to forget what we’re really celebrating. Here are some fun ways to incorporate the true meaning of Easter into your celebration.

  1. Egg hunt. Take the golden egg ( or draw on one of the eggs to make it different from the rest) and cut out a little picture of Jesus and show it to the kids before the egg hunt begins. Tell the children who ever finds Jesus in his tomb, which is the egg, will get the grand prize (a dollar or whatever you want it to be). Remove Jesus before you hide the egg. Once the egg is found and the child opens the empty egg, you can offer another dollar (or whatever you chose) to whoever can explain why Jesus is missing from the tomb.
    • You can also put little cut outs of scriptures in the eggs. Here are a few.
      • Luke 24:6
      • Mark 16:6
      • Mark 28:6
      • John 11:25
      • Isaiah 53:5
      • 1Corinthians 6:14
      • 1 Corinthians 15:3-5
      • 1 Peter 1:3
      • Romans 8:11
  2. Have a foot washing ceremony. I love this idea! I can’t remember where I saw it but I think it’s the sweetest thing. Set your children down, take a cloth and a bowl of water and wash their feet as Jesus did. Explain the story and how Jesus came to serve and teach us that we are to serve others. That is why he made the ultimate sacrifice and gave his life for ours on the cross.
  3. Egg coloring.  As you color your eggs you can discuss an importance of each color (I’ve also seen this done with jelly beans). You can explain the white egg represents how Jesus cleansed us white as snow and we are now blameless and spotless in Christ. Red is for the blood that was shed for our sins. Purple shows that we are now a royal priesthood. Green shows that we are always growing in Christ, etc. After coloring the eggs you can decorate them by drawing or painting crosses, a crown of thorns, or you can write scriptures on some of the eggs.
  4. Easter Basket. Put a Christian Easter book in their basket and read it together -once you have a book you can make a tradition of reading it every year the night before Easter. Or you can read the Easter story together from their Children’s Bible.
  5. Play the Part. You can have the kids and/or your whole family (if they’re willing to participate) act out the Easter story. I know my son would love to pretend to cut off someone’s ear with a fake sword trying to protect Jesus lol.
  6. Snack Time. For snack time make edible crosses together. Take pretzel sticks or rods and place some melted chocolate on them to hold them together to form a cross.

I hope some of these ideas help to keep your holiday not only fun but also rich in meaning. Explain to your kids that we can enjoy Easter baskets and eggs hunts but they are not WHY we celebrate; they are HOW we celebrate. We use those things to celebrate that we were once lost and forsaken and now we are found and redeemed! That God loved us more than we could ever imagine so he paid the ultimate price for us! Wishing you mommas and your little chicks an unbelievabley Happy Resurection Day! Please feel free to share in the comments how you play to incorporate the Easter into your celebration this year.

Lots of love,

Rachel

 

 

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