Hold on, this isn’t a blog condemning the secular celebration of our most cherished Christian holiday!
(Please read on!)
If it was, some of you would be rolling your eyes about now and you would be preparing to hit that little ‘x’ to close this tab. But not to worry! I am a grandmother of nine incredibly wonderful and fascinating grandchildren. The oldest being 9 and the youngest being 17 months. So I’m pretty confident that eggs will be dyed, hidden, and hunted for around this country home come Sunday.
But there will be something a little different!
What will stand out about my family’s celebration of Easter will be the difference in our focus. Yes, we have small children who are of the prime age to gather colorful and decorated eggs for their baskets! And, of course, there will be chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and Cadbury eggs, etc. They will all look stunningly adorable in their new Easter outfits. But while those things are fun, they are not my family’s focus when it comes to celebrating Easter.
So, what’s the difference?
The children are young in this family, but no one is too young to understand why Easter is such a special celebration. And the emphasis in our family is that Jesus Christ died for our sins; came back to life; and after spending a little more time on this earth, He went to heaven. That’s why we have the hope of heaven after our time here on this earth is ended.
Here’s some ideas from my first born daughter about sharing the Easter story with your children, and a really cute and fun game to help them grasp the resurrection. Enjoy:
Tell them the Truth:
Make sure your children (whatever their ages!) know these things about Jesus this week. Make sure they hear YOU tell them about God creating them, sin stealing them, Satan threatening them, & Jesus rescuing them! Don’t freak ’em out, just tell them the Truth. Let Easter come to life for them (& for you!). Let it become more than just a candy holiday they celebrate in Spring. Let them see, it’s their story…
A Fun Game to Play!
Look for empty things!! & Every time you find an empty thing, cheer “Hallelujah! The tomb is empty!”
Make a game of it by…
* Putting a sticker/mark on a card every time someone finds something empty & cheers. Count the stickers later & see who found the most. Maybe give a prize
* Putting a jelly bean in a jar every time someone finds something empty & cheers. On Easter Sunday eat all the jelly beans
…Have fun finding (& celebrating) Jesus in plain ole ordinary life
The fiery dart of Easter is that young children cannot grasp Jesus’s death and resurrection and how that relates to them and their future. Therefore, we tell them the story of the Easter Bunny which is a simple cute story easier for them to grasp.
Sure they are young and there is much about Easter that is beyond them (remember how there is a common sense ‘truth’ in fiery darts! ! ! FD p 20) But if we bring it down to their level, they will understand far more than the fiery dart will allow us to believe. If all our children know about Easter is bunnies, jelly beans, colored eggs, or new outfits, then they have missed totally the most significant event if Christendom. And if they miss that then they have missed everything!