Each year, around this time, I start seeing the bunny- and egg- themed trinkets in the stores, along with the pastel candy wrappers. Why, oh, why does candy have to be a major focus of each and every major holiday?! I know it’s just to derail my efforts at staying in shape!
Anyway, with all the allure of Easter Baskets and a mysterious, life-sized bunny who breaks into our houses at night, it’s hard to keep the focus on the real message of Easter: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ! There are so many fun things we can do to keep Christ’s death and resurrection in the forefront of our families and teach the important messages of redemption! While at Christmas, many kids see Jesus as merely a baby, Easter brings home His full purpose for coming to earth.
One thing that we do is to make Resurrection Buns! (Click here to get the recipe). You put “Jesus” (aka Marshmallow) inside the “tomb” (aka. Biscuit dough) and after they cook, the tomb is empty! These are fun to make for Easter Morning, but you can really do it any time in the lead up to the holiday.
Children’s books and stories are also a great way to keep the focus on Jesus. Even if they are overwhelmed with bunny ears and chocolate at the stores, read a book before bed and they will think about it as they drift off to sleep!
What do you do in your family to focus on Jesus at Easter? I would love to hear from you in the comments!
Here are some of our favorite books that share the message of Christ’s resurrection. (click the images to see more info about each book). The Flowering Cross is my absolute favorite; my kids ask for it over and over.
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