I LOVE celebrating Easter – the Resurrection of Jesus my Savior and Lord! Here are some of our spiritual – and not so spiritual traditions!
First, the not so spiritual…matching clothes. I have no idea why I ever started this tradition but I started it and I guess I’ll do it until the kids complain. Lol!
Easter 2004 – just the boys were matching
Easter 2006 – the entire family now matching!
Easter 2012 -
the year Alexis got a big boo boo on her face while knocking out her two front teeth
So you may wonder what the clothing plan is for this year…I’m still working on it – maybe I’ll post it after Easter.
Now for what REALLY matters!
Our Spiritual traditions.
Last year I posted our 3 favorite Meaningful Easter Activities. Just click the links below to get the recipes and details of the traditions.
Our Easter Traditions include:
This is the simplest of the 3 traditions. We LOVE this!
Break open the tomb (the roll) and the body of Christ is no longer there!!
Another tradition is:
This one takes a bit more preparation – but it is so worth it and so neat to do together as a family.
Find the list of items needed, verses and script for these eggs by clicking here.
These are all great tools for sharing the gospel with your own children, the children in the neighborhood or the children in Sunday School class.
Let me forewarn you – Satan HATES Easter and us celebrating Jesus Christ rising from the dead! He would LOVE to ruin your holiday. There are many spiritual battles that we may face during this holiday and we need to be aware and stand firm (Ephesians 6)!
So here’s a few practical things to remember:
1. It’s the tradition of being together year after year that builds security and love within the family. NOT how big the basket is or how perfectly the eggs are dyed.
2. Be on guard against marital strife. Inevitably your husband is not going to help enough or is going to do it his way not yours. Bite your tongue (till it bleeds mamas!)- be gentle with your words toward your husband – avoid having an Easter blow up – that ruins it for everyone. If there’s something that is just way out of line – pull him aside privately or save it until bedtime to discuss (unless of course someone is in danger!).
3. Before you go to bed Saturday night, be sure everyone’s clothes and shoes and bows and accessories are out and ready to go in the morning. Put out the breakfast plates and cups so breakfast is efficient – you’ll be in a hurry to church and might want a picture before you leave (be sure your camera batteries are charged). These extra few minutes can make the difference between being frazzled and pleasant.
4. Get enough sleep Saturday night - do not stay up late watching television or browsing blogs and facebook. Be disciplined about your bedtime.
5. Wake up before everyone else and get your quiet time in and shower. I know that might mean waking at 5am but trust me – if you are a step ahead of your family the day will go much more smoothly than if you are a step behind.
6. Pray and ask God to give your family peace and joy. Someone could wake up sick, get chocolate down the front of their pretty dress, the Ham might not turn out right or your mother-in-law might just say something annoying…again.
Remember – there is a spiritual battle we are in – pray continually that God will help you to respond lovingly and patiently and peacefully!I am saying a prayer for all who read this post – that God would bless your Easter! Stand firm mamas!!!Ps. 34:3 “O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”