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…
The kids were so excited to find their little surprise.
We had a special breakfast of homemade sticky buns–yum!
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.
I absolutely loved listening to the children singing their hearts out! (Sorry for the terrible photo taken with my phone.)
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!
I know what you mean! My husband and I don’t get our kids anything, because my in-laws go BANANAS with it!!!!!!! But, truth be told, I don’t make a big deal about giving the ginormous baskets to the kids. This year my in-laws weren’t even here with us, so I was able to nonchalantly give the baskets to the kids after everything else was said and done. It’s so hard though, to keep commercial out of our sacred holy days! I guess we just need to pray that through it all our kids hear the real Message and are drawn to that!
I know what you mean too! I did want to ask you the recipe for your sticky buns- b/c they look really good and look easy to make? If you ever have time- send it my way please
tcogbill at live dot com
thanks so much
Ginny Marie says
I agree completely! We spend most of our Holy Week at church. 🙂
Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
Jen@Making Our Life Matter says
Easter was pretty intense for my oldest. This is the first year he has been to a Black Friday service where we have the cross draped in black cloth. It is a silent service, except for the readings. The choir is present, but silent as well.
Your sticky buns are making me hungry, BTW!
Tess–the recipe will be on the blog very soon! 🙂