Easter Holidays always bring wonderful moments in our lives, which includes full of chocolate, egg hunts, and new dresses for church. It is a fun-filled tradition and can build fond memories. But what about the real event that we are celebrating and do our children know why we have a special day called Easter.
So here are 5 new ways to celebrate Easter without even considering Easter Bunny.
1. Tell the rest of the story
Have you ever wondered why we don’t approach Easter the same way we prepare for Christmas? It is an exciting holiday where we get two weeks off to school, decorate our homes, travel to see family, and buy presents.
It is on Easter, we overload our fridge full of multi-colored eggs and candy sugar.
This Easter explains the rest of the Christmas story, where Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Shepherds and angels witnessed it. Wise men visited him and also brought precious gifts. But Jesus grew up and began preaching good news to all who would listen. But we received an ultimate gift in the form of himself and we got an opportunity to stay with him forever.
Easter holiday truly is the happy ending to the Christmas story, to make the connection for our kids.
2. Build a diorama:
Creating a scene of Easter would be a great innovative project ance;d the best way to celebrate Easter all week along. Each person can build their own, using a shoebox or a more elaborate scene could be built collectively.
- Get a sturdy box, with an attached lid.
- Open it in such a way that the lid becomes background and the inside of the box the base.
- Then cover the base with felt, paper or other materials. (green for grass, blue for the sky, etc)
- Use earth-colored clay to form a tomb and stone that is used as a rolled away.
- Form a wooden cross out of sticks.
- Finally add flowers, trees and other details to your diorama, to make it more creative.
This craft can be a powerful visual for kids, highlighting the details of the real Easter story.
3. Send a “thank you” balloon:
Purchase the helium balloons in the afternoon before Easter. Then on the early morning of Easter, have a balloon send-off. Also, you can attach thank you notes, thanking Jesus for his sacrifice. Kids can engage in activities like drawing pictures and then tie them to the balloons and sending them up together.
4. Take a sunrise hike:
Cheyenne Mountains is the best place for the hiking trails. Many churches located in the vicinity of the area hike to the top of the trails, holding intimate Sunrise Services.
Even if you don’t live near any of these trails and your church doesn’t have an Easter Sunrise service, you can easily have one in the backyard!. Set the morning alarm, fill a thermos with hot chocolate and simply devote as the sun rises.
5. Plant newness of life:
Easter is a symbol of life and resurrection and therefore a trip to the Garden nursery would be one of the unique ways of celebration. Each member from a family can select a small plant to care for and nurture until the ground is ready to plant it outside. Then after years, the plant will bud and grow tall after the long season of winter is over. It is indeed a symbolic, beautiful way to portray Christ’s death and resurrection.
So it is a fun-filled activity planned for kids around Easter. Those egg hunts and a basket of goodies brings a lot of excitement and anticipation. But if you are looking to focus more on the real meaning of Resurrection Sunday and also build long-lasting memories, then give these fantastic ideas a try… no Easter Bunnies allowed.