I had wanted to do it for two years…something to add to our Easter celebration (Trail to the Tree).
The first thing I ever remember doing for Easter was make heart pillows for my kids. I did one in a girly color for Artsie, and Engineer and Monkey got blue ones. I told them they were given hearts to make them think about how Jesus wants our hearts but he never just takes them. We need to give our hearts to Him… Something like that.
Another time, it was just fun water guns or bubbles so they could enjoy those outside.
So far only a few things have been added over the many years I have had a family that really have stayed or reflected what we have wanted:
1) Resurrection Day Tombs (Post will be up tomorrow!)
We don’t do a traditional Easter basket. What I do with the kids each year is I take two brown peices of paper, cut them out to look like a tomb with the rock removed, staple most of the edges together and then fill it with treats/mini toys. On Easter Sunday, that is their special gift as we remember that Christ is risen and the real tomb is empty. And yet we are blessed beyond measure with great spiritual riches! (I made that up randomly one Easter because I wanted to do something. Easter should be bigger than Christmas, shouldn’t it?)
2) Good Friday Bible Reading
On Good Friday around 12pm, we read through the death of Christ. For awhile our church did a small time where we prayed, remembered and sang a little (it would take only a half hour). My kids miss that tradition and so I have personally done this with them at home. This past year we got to add a type of ornament with a picture of Jesus on the cross from a famous painter after we read the story, and so that was really neat.
And last year? We added:
3) Trail to the Tree by Ann Voskamp
This took a lot longer to implement! I have wanted to do it for the past two years. But knowing me, it takes two years from any original idea I may have to actually work in real life.
So this year was the year!
*I printed out what to read and the ornaments.
*I took hanging envelopes, stuck the paper ornaments on them, cut them out and then hole punched the top.
*Next I got some thread and put it through the holes.
*Instead of making a tree, I just used my beam that goes through my living room, and taped some to the ceiling.
I was so personally blessed by this study that year. We mostly have been doing the story, though we didn’t get to the living it out everyday.
The time of walking through and remembering Bible stories and what Jesus has done with my kids has been beautiful.
I am just standing in awe as we realize how He really took our place. He is absolutely amazing!
This morning, after we read about Jesus praying in the garden and the disciples sleeping, I just prayed.
I thanked God.
We sometimes need Easter as a reminder of all God has done. We should be thankful everyday, but something about spring coming and new life happening, it just brings this beautiful picture and presence of God into such an amazing place where we can share what really happened with others.
I am SO THANKFUL that He has taken me and saved me, even when I don’t deserve it. I am SO Thankful that He is with me and that the Holy Spirit leads me. I am so glad my kids can see the stuff God is doing in me, even through all my imperfections.
I am actually hoping that next year or the year after I can add what the actual passover celebration would look like. We’ve gone to some, where the two older kids participated, and they were so beautiful and amazing (especially as we saw how Jesus did finish the work God had sent for him to do and what each part of the meal symbolizes by a Messianic Jew). But, again, that will take a couple of years to put together, and my husband isn’t into that type of thing, so I may just be doing it with my kids! We shall see!
I will keep sharing some of the ideas I find, what my kids and I may do to decorate, and pictures of some of the things I mentioned above with step-by-step instructions, mostly on Facebook and other social media sites.
I hope some of these ideas inspire you as you make your own memories! Remember, especially as you are just starting out, it’s going to take awhile for your family to figure what Resurrection Day will look like for you. I mean, my oldest is almost 11 and I will be married to my husband for almost 12 years! It’s taken us that long to get to where we are now!
Our goal? To make Easter bigger than Christmas. It all begins with step-by-step ideas and making things your own and I think as each year passes, it is becoming exactly what it needs to be for our family.
Anyways, be blessed today and be inspired! 🙂