I remember as a kid hearing adults talk about how “commercialism is taking over Holidays” and “Religion is getting forgotten”. I always thought they were just jealous that they didn’t get to do the activities like hunt for easter eggs or open as many presents. Now that I have a child of my own though, I completely understand where they were coming from.
My mom did a great job trying to keep Christ the main part of Easter as well as Christmas, but it’s pretty hard to do when it seems that there are so many other holiday traditions being advertised that you need to keep up with! I wanted to share a few as well as list them for myself so that as my kids grow older I can do my best to keep the true meaning of Easter alive and strong.
1. Christ Centered Easter Egg Hunt: My mom did this for us as kids so I was excited to see that Jessica posted one on the blog a few years back. It’s a great way to have fun while remembering that there is more to Easter than an Easter Bunny.
2. Decorate with photos of Christ: If a photo says a thousand words, why not add a few extra photos of Christ to your home around easter to invite in the spirit. There are so many beautiful paintings depicting the miraculous moment of the resurrection that can easily remind to pause and think about the true meaning of Easter.
3. Resurrection Rolls: These are a really fun (and tasty) activity that kids of any age will enjoy! They are rolls that you place a marshmallow inside and while it cooks, the marshmallow disappears leaving an empty space symbolizing the empty tomb.
4. Saturday Eggs, Sunday Service: Hunting for Easter Eggs is a really fun tradition, but if you feel it is keeping you from centering Easter around Christ, try telling the Easter Bunny to come on Saturday, so that you can keep Sunday open for worship of the Savior.
5. View Easter Related Videos: The LDS Church has released some remarkable Bible videos about the savior and has a whole playlist on YouTube devoted to Easter. You could watch them all at once or one a day leading up to Easter Sunday.
7. Read about how the Easter egg tradition came to be: I always thought that eggs and the Easter bunny were just made up one day by companies trying to make money off the Holiday. It turns out that’s not true at all!
8. Create a Mini Easter Garden: I got this idea from the Happy Home Fairy, and besides the fact that this is just too dang cute, it also would be a great way to spend sometime reflecting about the true meaning of Easter while feeling productive. They say that sifting through dirt is very relaxing and therapeutic. I can’t think of a better way to slow your schedule down a little bit and find time to focus on Christ.
9. Christ Centered Basket: This is another awesome idea from the Happy Home Fairy! It is similar to what my mom does at Christmas. She adds a new Christ centered Christmas book to a basket each year that she sets out at Christmas time, and I totally want to do this for Easter!
10. Actually read the scriptures: The link I’ve provided is to an article that is great for young kids (and even adults) that explains the verses, then provides a link to actually read it straight from the Bible. I think it would be fun to lay out on a porch swing or have a bonfire to enjoy the lovely spring weather while reading the Easter story.
For more ideas check out this fabulous article from the Ensign! It has some really great ideas and stories you can share with your family!
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