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Adding Meaning to Your Easter Celebration
by Nancy Twigg
Making Jesus the center of your familyís celebration can present a challenge
when images of the Easter Bunny are so prevalent. Parents must take special
measures to help kids understand that Jesus is the giver of Easter gifts --
His love, His sacrificial death, the salvation we have through Him -- not a
big rabbit who hands out candy and colored eggs. Here are some ideas for
putting the spiritual significance back into your Easter celebration.
* Put a spiritual twist on the tradition of decorating Easter eggs. Before
dying the hard-boiled eggs, use crayons to write an Easter message on each
egg. Because the crayon wax keeps the dye from adhering in those spots, your
"Jesus is Risen" and "Jesus Died for You" messages will show through
* If your church does not celebrate Holy Week, attend Holy Week services at
a church that does. Or celebrate each day as a family by reading passages of
scripture that recount what each special day commemorates.
* Attend an Easter cantata presented by a church other than the one your
family normally attends. This allows family members to experience a
celebration of Easter that is different than that to which they are
* As a family, choose a few craft projects that emphasis the meaning of
Easter. Do an Internet search or check out books from the library for ideas.
Use your completed projects to decorate your home for your family
* Celebrate the Resurrection of Christ by doing the kinds of things Jesus
came to earth to do. Extend Godís love to others by visiting the elderly and
sick, gathering up clothing to take to a homeless shelter, or making and
delivering food baskets to families in need.
* If you donít usually do so, attend a sunrise service so your family can
experience a little of what Jesusí followers must have felt the morning they
found the empty tomb. Afterwards, enjoy a big family breakfast in
celebration of the Risen Lord.
* Do some research on how the Resurrection is celebrated in other cultures.
Turn the Easter celebration into a learning experience by enjoying
traditional Easter foods and activities from another country.
* Many churches make Easter crosses by attaching real flowers in some
fashion to a wooden cross to symbolize the new life brought to us through
Jesusí death. Make your own family Easter cross by cutting out a large cross
from brown construction paper. Let the children use construction paper,
markers, crayons and paint to create flowers to decorate it.
Additional Easter Resources
Nancy Twigg is a Christian speaker and author who loves inspiring others to
live more simply. Adapted from Nancyís book, Celebrate Simply: Your Guide to
Simpler, More Meaningful Holidays and Special Occasions. For more ideas for
simplifying Easter and other celebrations, visit Nancy online at
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