Easter: The Journey Between the Secular and the Spiritual

For as long as I can remember, Easter has marked a trepidatious journey between the secular and the spiritual. From comedians to theologians, everyone has questioned the bridge going from Jesus dying on a cross to hiding candy-filled eggs in a basket.

As Christians and as parents, I feel like there’s a lot of pressure on us that comes from a variety of angles this time of year.

We’re expected to somehow teach our children the significance of this holiest of holidays while still dressing up in coordinating outfits for pictures and having a full-blown feast ready to eat right after Sunday church!

If we have trouble making sense of the day ourselves, how then are we supposed to embody the truth for the littlest of ones God has entrusted into our care?

When I first became a Christian, I’d venture to say I went too far in one direction – denying all cultural components of the holiday. But not only was it slightly uncomfortable to try to avoid all the bunnies floating around town, I’d dare say it didn’t make me or my family any more spiritual as a result.

Over the past few years as our kids have grown, so have our views on Easter.

20120315-151157.jpgJust because we believe whole-heartedly that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again three days later does not mean we also can’t gather around a table to enjoy a meal dressed in spring colors while watching our kids run through the grass to find Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs (really, is there any better candy out there?) But I digress…

What I’m trying to say is that we ought to take the best of who we are as a family and celebrate that in Christ! And if there happens to be coloring of hard boiled eggs and the making of Resurrection Buns at the same time, then that should only enhance our celebration of our faith.

As long as the truth is proclaimed, faith is demonstrated and questions are fully answered, I believe each of our family’s Easter celebrations can be a beautiful blend of all three. Wouldn’t you agree?

If you do have young children and want some great suggestions for resources that beautifully illustrate the Easter story, might I suggest a family favorite, The Story of Easter: Read & Share, or another sweet story, The Parable of the Lily?

What are some of your family’s favorite Easter traditions and stories?

With a passion for teaching and mentoring others as her inspiration, Sami Cone began blogging in 2009 to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. A published author and seminar speaker, she draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Sami appears regularly on TV & Radio as a Frugal Expert and has been blogging for Tommy Nelson since 2010. Sami and her husband of seven years, Rick, thrive in Nashville with their two children.