Every year, our family looks forward to celebrating the Easter story and helping our kids understand what it truly means! It’s a time of mourning our sinful nature but joyfully accepting Christ’s amazing sacrificial gift of forgiveness and love.
When I contributed to the Oklahoma City Moms Blog, I wrote about a couple of our Easter Traditions. These traditions help our family focus on Christ’s sacrifice for us during the Easter season. In this post, I detailed how to make resurrection cookies and shared some wonderful videos and books we use.
If you have never made resurrection cookies before, you are in for a special treat. These cookies are deliciously scrumptious! Also, the preparation process helps connect Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection with actions and scripture neither you nor your children will forget. Check out this post to find resources to help explain why Christ chose to die on the cross.
We have since added other traditions like:
Resurrection Eggs – This is so much fun! We hide a few eggs with money (because we were bought at a price) or candy (to remember this sweet gift). We also hide these resurrection eggs. Each resurrection egg contains a symbol of the Easter story. After the kids gather all the eggs, we sit down as a family to open our eggs. The kids get excited about what we found, and then we use the Resurrection Storybook Cards to tell the story. As we read the story, we have the child who found the item we are discussing hold it up and show it off. We even have the kids retell the story by putting the found items in their proper order.
Celebrating Passover – This is a tradition we started several years ago. Celebrating Passover has given us a whole new understanding of how Jesus is the perfect sacrificial lamb. He is the ultimate sacrifice. Read the powerful story of the Exodus and share with your children how amazing God truly is and how He sent Jesus to redeem us from the bondage of our own slavery–sin!
You might even check around the city you live in to see if anyone is hosting a Passover meal you could join. I highly recommend celebrating it with a group of Christians or Messianic Jews because then you get the true understanding of how the Passover points not only to Christ’s first coming, but his second coming as well!
There are so many fun ways to celebrate Easter and Christ’s Resurrection.