Easter is a time of year that often just comes and goes. The significance of Christ’s death and resurrection is often overlooked as just another time of year to go to church, get a new dress, eat jelly beans, hunt for eggs, etc.
I have been very intentional with my kids to make sure Christ is the center of our focus at Christmas. You may remember that this past year, we had a Jesse tree for the first time. This helped us prepare for the entire month of December to celebrate Christ’s birth.
I realize that I am not nearly as intentional with the kids when it comes to Easter. We don’t really discuss the meaning of the day. We head to my parents’ house for the weekend, eat at a nice country club (very hoity toity), hunt for eggs… and that’s about it. I have been burdened this year to pay more attention to why we celebrate Easter. I want to instill in my children awe and wonder over what Christ did for us through his death on the cross. Little Sis has been especially interested in this part of Christ’s life lately. At lunch today she informed us that God only died once… but he never will again. She has been reminding me a lot lately that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
Maybe we don’t spend so much time talking about Easter, Christ’s death and resurrection because it is so abstract. How do you explain death to kids? How, after explaining death, do you then explain the resurrection? I mean… it’s much more fun to act out the nativity than the crucifixion. But the reality is… without the crucifixion, there would be no hope, no forgiveness, no life.
I am still trying to figure out what types of activities, books, family traditions we will be building on this year for Easter. I’d love to hear how you and your family celebrate. I’ll keep you posted on the happenings around here.