Adding Meaning to Your Easter Celebration
Making Jesus the center of your family's celebration can present
a challenge when images of the Easter Bunny are so prevalent.
Parents must take special measures to help kids understand that
Jesus is the giver of Easter gifts-His love, His sacrificial death,
the salvation we have through Him-not a big rabbit who hands out
candy and colored eggs.
Here are some ideas for putting the spiritual significance
back into your Easter celebration.
* Put a spiritual twist on the tradition of decorating Easter
eggs. Before dying the hard-boiled eggs, use crayons to write
an Easter message on each egg. Because the crayon wax keeps the
dye from adhering in those spots, your "Jesus is Risen"
and "Jesus Died for You" messages will show through
* If your church does not celebrate Holy Week, attend Holy Week
services at a church that does. Or celebrate each day as a family
by reading passages of scripture that recount what each special
* Attend an Easter cantata presented by a church other than the
one your family normally attends. This allows family members to
experience a celebration of Easter that is different than that
to which they are accustomed.
* As a family, choose a few craft projects that emphasis the meaning
of Easter. Do an Internet search or check out books from the library
for ideas. Use your completed projects to decorate your home for
your family celebration.
* Celebrate the Resurrection of Christ by doing the kinds of things
Jesus came to earth to do. Extend God's love to others by visiting
the elderly and sick, gathering up clothing to take to a homeless
shelter, or making and delivering food baskets to families in
* If you don't usually do so, attend a sunrise service so your
family can experience a little of what Jesus' followers must have
felt the morning they found the empty tomb. Afterwards, enjoy
a big family breakfast in celebration of the Risen Lord.
* Do some research on how the Resurrection is celebrated in other
cultures. Turn the Easter celebration into a learning experience
by enjoying traditional Easter foods and activities from another
* Many churches make Easter crosses by attaching real flowers
in some fashion to a wooden cross to symbolize the new life brought
to us through Jesus' death. Make your own family Easter cross
by cutting out a large cross from brown construction paper. Let
the children use construction paper, markers, crayons and paint
to create flowers to decorate it.
Nancy Twigg is a Christian speaker and author who loves inspiring
others to live more simply. Adapted from Nancy's book, Celebrate
Simply: Your Guide to Simpler, More Meaningful Holidays and Special