Most of our meaningful conversations seem to happen over meals. Over lunch one of the girls was telling me all about how she is going to celebrate Easter with her family when she grows up. It all sounded very exciting full of egg hunts, scavenger hunts, and fun activities. I listened quietly to her whole story. I told her it all sounded like a lot of fun, but there was one problem and did she know what that was. Nope she couldn’t imagine anything was wrong with her plan. “Why do we celebrate Easter?” I asked her. Then I saw the realization hit her.
And this is what bothers me about so much of the traditions surrounding Easter, they aren’t about Jesus. I don’t mind the kids having egg hunts, or Easter candy, but I do struggle with this not being the focus of the holiday.
Presents have not been a big part of our celebrations this year for many reasons, but I did want to get the kids a little something to surprise them with Easter morning. At the grocery story I really debated between the generic brand Christian themed chocolate candy and the delicious Lindt chocolate. In the end I went with taste…
Other than that we spent the day with our church family. I enjoyed singing the Easter hymns and listening to the sermon on the resurrection even though my boys didn’t cooperate very well through the service.
And then we feasted with our church family. I do hope that through all the food and treats my children heard the message of the miraculous resurrection. He is not dead. He is risen as He said. He came and died and rose again for me–amazing!