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One of the great gifts our Church gives us is the liturgical calendar. After spending the long season of Lent in purification, preparation and sacrifice, we have an even longer season of Eastertide--fifty whole days to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It's a wonderful joy- our celebration is so big, it can't be contained in one day. Practically speaking, though, it can be hard to keep a celebration going for such a long stretch. Once the eggs are dyed and the candy is eaten, what can we do to keep the Easter celebration going in our homes throughout the 50 days?

Here are 10 ideas to try this year:

  • Decorate with fresh flowers. If you use small vases, you can make one grocery store bouquet stretch throughout your home. We've also been incorporating the flowers our children pick up on our walks (especially dandelions, which seem to be everywhere this time of year).
  • Place a white drape or some white flowers on crosses and crucifixes in your home. Every time you glance at them, you'll be reminded that Easter is still happening.
  • Add an alleluia to your table blessing. At our evening meals during Eastertide, we sing "Thanks be to God, Alleluia!" just like we do at Mass on Easter Sunday.
  • Make a paschal candle for your home. You can make the candle yourself from beeswax kit or just decorate one from the store. Light it during prayer times or at meal times as a reminder of the new light of Easter.
  • Keep a jar filled with jelly beans on the counter. Treat yourself and your family to jelly beans for acts of charity or kindness to one another.
  • Make an Easter prayer chain. On each link, write the name of someone you love or a special intention for each of the fifty days of Easter. You can choose a different intention for each day or pray for the same ones every day for fifty days.

Finally, remember that you can simply spread out your "normal" Easter activities. Instead of trying to do all the Easter-y things on the weekend of Easter, consider saving some of them for later on in the season. Hold an egg hunt a few weeks after Easter Sunday, or plan to dye eggs the weekend following Easter Sunday. Send an Easter card or two each week between now and Pentecost. With fifty days to fill, there's no need to rush- we have plenty of time to do all the Easter celebrating we want to do. Personally, as a busy parent, I find this very reassuring...if we didn't get to everything on or before Easter Sunday, we have nothing to fear. As Pope St. John Paul II said, "We are an Easter people, and Hallelujah is our song." We are especially blessed, because we have so long to keep on singing it.

Need more ideas to keep on celebrating? Try these:

Celebrating All 50 Days of Easter at Catholic Icing
50 Ways to Celebrate Easter at Held By His Pierced Hands
50 Ways to Celebrate the 50 Days of Easter at Children of the Church

What other ideas do you have? How does your family keep up the Easter celebration during Eastertide?

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Copyright 2015 Abbey Dupuy.
Photo copyright 2015 Abbey Dupuy. All rights reserved.