Is Christmas more important than Easter?
We do a great job of celebrating the birth of Jesus. But do we equally do a great job of celebrating the whole reason why Jesus was born?
Looking at my personal life and the way my family celebrates these two holidays, hands down, I put way more emphasis and energy into making Christmas special.
For us, Christmas is a month long celebration and it’s all centered around Christ’s birth. My kids know that Christmas is all about Jesus. I try very hard to drive that point home in their little hearts and minds.
But what about Easter?
My family celebrates Easter by dying and hunting eggs then we go to church. I don’t typically do decorations but I try to make sure my kiddos know the importance of the holiday and what it means. Beyond that, I haven’t made Easter that big of a deal in our family.
Not as big as it should be.
I was reminded the other day how big of a deal Easter really is, or should be. Easter is basically like the Superbowl for the Christian faith. Jesus’ birth, ministry and entire reason for living is all pointed to this sacred and holy stream of world changing events.
Jesus death on the cross and resurrection back to life is the one big thing that sets the Christian faith a part from all other religions.
Our savior died for us, rose from the grave and is now alive! This means a new life for you and me. Now that’s a reason to celebrate this holiday in a meaningful way!
Here are some ways You Can make Easter a Big Deal With Your Kids
1. Crafts that Start a Conversation with Your Kids
This week I did this 3 cross craft with my 2 year old and 7 year old that wasn’t a typical bunny or Easter Egg. There’s nothing wrong with those type of crafts. I just wanted to do a craft that represents the true meaning of Easter and most importantly get us talking about it as a family.
This little craft did just that!
My 7 year old asked, “Mommy, why aren’t we making a bunny?” I explained that we are going to make a really special craft that celebrates Jesus dying on the cross for us. Then she asked why three crosses instead of one. This allowed me to go into the crucifixion story in even more detail. Then, I explained Jesus didn’t stay on the cross but he came back to life and that’s why we celebrate Easter!
Instructions: Take a plain white paper plate, cut it in half. Have kids paint the paper plate like the sun or any colors they want. Fold a piece of brown construction paper in half and draw out 3 crosses. Cut out the crosses leaving about an inch at the bottom so they stay connected. Have kids stick the crosses onto the plate while the paint is wet. Let it dry and you have a meaningful little conversation craft for your kiddos!
2. Make Your Easter Egg Hunt All About Jesus
One of the highlights of my childhood was our family Easter egg hunt. Dad would help us create a very special egg…the “booby prize.” This was no ordinary egg. No, it was u-g-l-y on purpose; dyed in every color, written on, covered in stickers and sometimes even cracked. The uglier the better.
When my two brothers and I were turned loose for the family egg hunt, whoever found the booby prize egg first won something special. One year I found it and my big prize was the movie Lion King on VHS! (How’s that throw back for ya!) That will forever go down as my favorite booby prize winning.
Keeping with tradition, I adopted the booby prize egg into our Easter tradition. However, this year to add the true meaning of Easter into the egg hunt I will do something a little different.
Instead of the ugly egg being the prize winning find, I am going to hide a special plastic egg that looks like Elmo. Nothing spiritual about Elmo, my kids just like him so that’s what I chose. I will leave Elmo empty on purpose representing the empty tomb. The entire egg hunt will revolve around that empty prize egg and how Jesus is no longer in the tomb. A great object lesson for kiddos!
3. Share the Easter Story With Your Kids and Family
Just like we share the Christmas story, make it a priority to share the Easter story with your kids and family.
We will sit down with the kids and share the Easter story with them via the Bible App Plan, Children’s Guide to Easter . The Easter story can be quite lengthy with all the elements and this plan simplifies it for kids. Also, my kids are at the ages where they need colorful pictures and plain language to hold their attention, and this plan has both!
If you want to read through it on your own, you can find Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection in all four of the gospels, Matthew (27 & 28), Mark (15 & 16), Luke (23 & 24) and John (19 & 20).
Here are some other great resources to help you share the meaning of Easter with your kids:
Will you join with me and my family as we try to make Easter this year a REALLY BIG DEAL?!
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