We are just a couple of days away from Easter!
So this week I am going to blog all about Easter.
Do you celebrate Easter?
For me, as a Christian, I do. Everyday.
Easter is simply a reminder that Jesus died and was raised to life. It is how I am able to face each day knowing that I am an imperfect being who is loved beyond description.
But after I had kids, I pondered on how to celebrate Easter in a meaningful way that would be special to them. I thought of starting some traditions that would make it memorable. Really, I didn't want Christmas to overshadow the importance of Easter.
So I made quite an effort to search for ways in which we could celebrate Easter together. I thought you might find one or two of them useful so I am sharing them with you.
Here are some of the things that I do:
I find that decorating the house helps put us in the mood for Easter. In the first year, I hung a wreath (from IKEA) on our front door which I decorated with easter eggs. 2 years ago, my mum bought me the wreath that you see on top and so I now hang that on our front door.
When the kids were young, I bought plastic eggs and using a hot glue gun, stuck on feathers, trimmings and flowers. Yes, I even stuck on a bird. This year, I hung those easter eggs on some branches that I picked up when we were at the park last week.
I also made this Easter bunting that I blogged about here.
4. RESURRECTION STORYTELLING EGGS
This is a lovely way to tell the story of how Jesus suffered and died in our place but then came back to life. Inside each egg is a story prop which definitely adds a little drama to the storytelling. I made these eggs myself and searched for props that fit.
5. EASTER PRESENTS
I like to give the kids new pajamas each easter. Kind of a way to remind them of the new life that Jesus brings. Here is a picture of the kids in the sleeping bags that I bought the kids in 2009. It took me a long time to find this photo but I am really glad I did. K is barely 6 months old in this photo.
6. MIRACLE MAKER
Finally, we really enjoy watching this stop-motion animation about the life of Jesus but this time seen through the eyes of a little girl. The husband and I watched it in 2000 when it was released and we really enjoyed it. The characters are strong and the story is true to the bible plus it has excellent voices (stars Ralph Fiennes as Jesus). We purchased our DVD from Amazon. The kids watch it every year and they stay captivated throughout the show.
So if you are the kind to celebrate Easter, I hope this post gives you a few ideas on how you can celebrate with your kids.
I hope to make some time to dye some eggs this week and make those resurrection buns. Tomorrow, I will show you some of the decorations that I made this year.