When I was a new mom I loved Easter for so many reasons:
- picking out adorable Easter clothes for my precious babies
- filling their Easter baskets with the cutest bunnies, toys, and candies
- coloring Easter Eggs and having the Easter Egg hunt
- hosting a big dinner at our house and having family together
While none of these reason are WRONG, I wasn’t hitting the MOST RIGHT reason until one Easter season arrived.
My mother-in-law passed away after a battle with cancer when my oldest was three. Her funeral was on Good Friday. I found out I was pregnant with my second child during that week.
That year Easter took a much different tone for our family. I remember our pastor saying how appropriate it was that she was raised to eternal life during Easter Week. I began to think about the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and what a truly life changing gift that was.
In life there are moments that shape you – that Easter was one of them.
We now strive to make Easter so much more than eggs, new outfits, and candy.
Be intentional about Lent.
We are Lutheran and Lent is a big deal to us. I try to impress upon my children that Lent is a time for reflection, generosity, and thankfulness. The 40 days leading to Easter are a special time of giving and sacrifice.
Infuse Christ into everything.
Put Bible verses in the plastic Easter eggs. Make a cross cake for Easter Sunday. Let that Easter Bunny bring your kids a new devotional and other things to remind them of Jesus’ love for them. (One of our favorites is The Story of Easter.)
Whenever you see a secular spin being put on Easter, take that opportunity to put Christ there instead.
Make an Easter Tree.
I heard about this a few years ago, and it’s such a beautiful idea. We have a simple wooden tree that sits on the dining room table. I love that every time we look at it we think of the story of the Easter Tree. Do you know the story
Do you have any special ways that you make Easter about more than the candy-filled eggs? I’d love to hear about them!
Mary is a former public school music educator and piano teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Music and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. She is now a homeschooling mom of two who seeks to learn and share about all things education! Her days are filled with music lessons, baseball practice, church work, and the blessing of time with her precious children. She blogs at Homegrown Learners and is a member of the iHomeschool Network.