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Beyond the Bunny: How We Celebrate Easter

Brooke Newell

I love so many things about Easter. I love celebrating Jesus’ resurrection and the message of redemption. I love everyone dressing in their pastel church clothes and especially the addition of a few fancy hats. I get a kick out of seeing my boys in their Easter best, scrambling to find hidden, surprise-filled eggs. I just love the traditions and memories that come from celebrating the holiday year after year.

 

As a family, we love to dye eggs. My boys, 2 and 6, have so much fun seeing the white eggs “magically” change to rainbow shells. Of course, being the mom, I worry about spilled cups of dye, but it goes with the territory. It’s worth it to build the memories and inspire some creativity.

 

We also use resurrection eggs. Resurrection eggs tell the story of Easter in a way that small children can grasp. I bought this set, but you can make your own easily. You basically fill 12 plastic eggs with different little items such as nails to represent the cross or a cracker to show the Last Supper. Then, you open each eggs to explain the Easter story to your kids. I think it makes the whole idea fun and understandable, and now my older son can help explain the story too. Check out Pinterest for a ton of great ideas.

 

Those who know me know I’m a big fan of reading with my kids, and Easter books are no different. Each year I add to our collection. Here are some great book ideas to read with your children:

  1. Here Comes Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood
  2. Happy Easter, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
  3. There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Colandro
  4. Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by James Dean
  5. God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Bergen
  6. The Berenstain’s Bears’ Easter Sunday by Mike Berenstain

 

Traditionally, we attend our church’s sunrise service and attend two egg hunts. This year, though, we’re going to have to improvise on the traditions. The four of us are in a wedding over Easter weekend. I hope the Easter Bunny can find our hotel in Plant City (spoiler: he will!). We’re planning on waking up bright and early Easter morning to get back for our church’s worship service.

 

Thankfully, it already occurred to me to order Easter lunch from Fresh Market, so I won’t be running around like a crazy woman trying to organize something delicious. I’ll just swing by Fresh Market after church, and, presto! A table full of food to cap off a full weekend of wonderful Easter memories.

 

 



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