Another exciting holiday is upon us, Easter!
Easter is one of our family’s favorite holidays. So I am excited to share our top 10 favorite Easter Traditions with you. We begin our celebration with Palm Sunday, and every day we read from the Bible leading up to Easter. You can say this is our Easter count down.
1.) So her it is our Bible Count Down to Easter:
Palm Sunday– As a family, re-enact Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Read Mark 11:1-11 and Luke 18:29-28.
Monday – Read Mark 11:15-18, and discuss what happened in the temple that day. Why was Jesus so upset? What can we do to keep the church a meaningful, worshipful place? Discuss I Cor 3:16, 6:18, 2 Cor 6:16. Our bodies are a temple, too, because Christ dwells within us. What are some ways that we use our bodies to glorify God? In contrast, what are some ways that we might treat our bodies that are not pleasing to Him?
Tuesday – This is a good time to talk about Jesus teaching in the temple, specifically discussing Mark 12:28-34. This is the passage where Jesus was asked, “Of all the commandments which one is the most important?” To which Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” What does it mean to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength? Plan a way to help a neighbor this week.
Wednesday – Watch a children’s video together relaying the meaning of Easter, such as The Greatest Adventure Stories From the Bible: The Easter Story. Discuss the video and compare/contrast with what you read in Scripture.
Thursday – Set aside time for foot washing, just as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples on this day, and talk about the importance of serving others. What can we do to encourage serving others in our daily life? This was also the day that Jesus ate his famous last supper with his disciples, calling it their Passover meal together (Mt. 26:17-20). Have communion together as a family.
Good Friday– Recount the Passover and last supper. In lieu of spreading blood on the door (!) hang red fabric on the door and discuss what it means. What was is like for the Israelites on the night of Passover? What was the crucifixion like? Discuss the pain Jesus felt and why it was necessary for Him to die (Hebrews 9:22 and 1 Peter 3:18 )
Saturday – Meditate on Jesus being in the tomb. Young children may enjoy being wrapped up as mummies (in toilet paper) as you talk about burial customs of that time. Older children might write a “thank you” note to Jesus, the Son of God.
Easter Sunday – Celebrate that Jesus is risen and read Luke 24:1-9. For further discussion, talk about the day of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit coming in Acts 2 as part of the beauty of the resurrection. He came, died, and rose again because He loved us and wanted us to have new life in Him!
2.) Every year I go out and buy coordinating outfits for the kids to wear. Then on Easter when everyone is all dresses up, I do a little mini photo shoot. The cousins usually join in.
Our silly little bunnies!
Big Sister and brother.
These two are 2 peas in a pod for sure.
3.) Sugar cookies, we always make a special Easter batch of spring cookies
4.) We go to our church Eggstravaganza. After all going to a big Easter Egg Hunt is always fun! Between the crafts, games and face paint and food it is always a good time.
5.) We dye Easter Eggs! We make our own egg dye by using gel food coloring instead the color tablets. We even grabbed some paint brushes and squirt some food color gel on a paper plate to hand paint some of our eggs. Simple but fun.
I just love the creativity here.
Little D is painting his orange egg to look like a leopard.
6.) One of our favorite activities is making Resurrection bread. I am not sure if you have heard of this but you make a simple yeasted dough. You roll out baseball size pieces of dough and brush melted butter in it. Then you wrap a jumbo marshmallow in it with cinnamon and sugar. Once it is wrapped you brush the outside with butter and cinnamon and sugar the outside too. I will post the our recipe tomorrow. We generally make this on Good Friday.
These are so good you want to eat more than just one.
7.) After having our first born, we have not made it to a Sunrise service. But time with family and remembering the reason for Easter is very important to us. So we started hosting a family brunch with fresh squeezed orange juice, quiche, blueberry stuffed french toast, bacon, scones, fruit salad, coffee and anything else that sounds good that year.
8.) My husbands family started a tradition that we adopted with our first born child and have continued on through today. And we will probably continue until our children have children of there own. It is the simplest tradition we have, we use the kids first Easter basket every year. Our children are always excited to see them. They are always telling each other, “I had this basket when I was a baby.”
9.) This tradition fits with number 8. We place those well loved Easter baskets out on the front porch the night before Easter to invite the Easter Bunny to share in our holiday. The kids are always excited to see what little treasures the Bunny will leave for them.
10.) Last but not least, we have a family BBQ and Easter Egg Hunt for all the kids in the family. We enjoy a family feast that seams to change every year. But the company is always the same and so is the joy of a Risen Jesus!
I hope you enjoy my list of family traditions, I would love to hear some of yours!