Easter Sunday (in fact the whole week) is a time when we really stress to our children that this, more than all other holidays, is the most important one in history. It is because of Jesus' death and resurrection that we have life, peace, forgiveness, and joy. We no longer need to offer sacrifice for our sins on a regular basis. We just ask.
God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, that whoever would believe in Him would not die, but have eternal life. - John 3:16
This is the reason for the Gospel. This event changed history. It is more important than any other celebration, save the birth of Jesus.
Here are a few ways we like to celebrate.
I love books. We have selections of books for every holiday, and I keep them stored away until that holiday arrives. They are a special treat when we pull them out and read them each year. Here are a couple we really like:
There are also some DVDs we like to watch. This one is good spread over a couple of days. It is the Gospel of John, enacted word for word. It really brings the Scripture alive.
We have always enjoyed Veggie Tales, so it's only natural to include their holiday movies in our collections.
We use this book for fun recipes. My oldest daughter, Claudia, especially likes to make "fun food." This year we are making the cheesy chicks (chick-shaped cheese crackers) and chocolate nests (chocolate oatmeal cookies with 2 or 3 jelly beans inside for eggs).
I got this on clearance one year, and I like it for the simplified explanation of why we even have Easter bunnies on a holiday that celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus. It's great for the young kids.
Family Fun has some fun Easter crafts and recipes that are easy to do. In the current issue of their magazine, we found a fun way to serve deviled eggs. I'll try to post a picture later of the final product. I couldn't find it on their website.
I also got a new twist on the egg hunt (also from this month's Family Fun) that we will use this year. I'm going to get a puzzle and put one piece in each plastic egg. When all the puzzle pieces are found and opened, the kids (my kids and their cousins) can put the puzzle together. This cuts down on the candy they find, and gives them a fun activity to do together!
Have a Happy Easter!
Don't forget to come back Monday for my week-long tutorial on how to save some crazy money at the grocery store with coupons!
Labels: easter, holidays35 36 37 38