Finding meaningful Easter/Resurrection Day activities is rather challenging, at least in comparison to Christmas. For the last couple of years I’ve been on the look-out for ideas to bring out the meaning of the holiday. But I have to say that some of those ideas just are not going to be traditions. Well, this year I’ve had a few more brainstorms and am excited about trying these new traditions.
I’ve found a couple of recipes for these cookies. The concept is to read Scripture at increments while you make the cookies, place them in your oven overnight, and in the morning the cookies will be hollow! A great teaching concept, especially for little ones. For a picture of the cookies, check this link.
One Passover tradition is to leave an empty seat for “Elisha,” representing the anticipation of a coming Messiah. During the meal, a child would run to the door and look out to see if Elisha was coming. As I read this, my mind started storming ideas. What a beautiful way to tie in the Ascension and looking for Jesus’ return! The empty seat at our table would be for our returning Messiah, and I know my kids would love running to the door to look for Him. We also have a great children’s book on Jesus return called Jesus is Coming Back by Debby Anderson. Having read the Resurrection story before the meal, we would finish the meal with the reading of this story.
We experimented last year with lamb as part of our meal, and that was definitely an idea not worth repeating–at least, not with that recipe. I’ve decided to choose items that would be more to our taste, maybe with a few Passover overtones, but something that would be more of a celebration than a trial. Kaboose.com offered a nice selection of both Easter and Passover recipes, celebratory and not too extreme. Mmmm…I can’t wait to try some of them.
Sequencing the Resurrection, an Easter Advent
Another idea I ran across was for making Resurrection eggs, placing symbols and Bible verses about the Resurrection in plastic eggs. A twist I wanted to take on the idea was to hang a “scarlet thread” or red ribbon along the fireplace mantel, like a garland, and hang the symbols from the story as we discussed it each night. This is an idea I want to refine for next year. But my thought was to either begin in the Old Testament and trace the “scarlet thread” of Christ through a few significant stories leading up to His coming, His death, and His resurrection; or trace through the Old Testament Passover to the Lamb of God and His resurrection, placing the symbols of those stories on the scarlet thread. Another family’s take on this idea of Resurrection eggs is to have an evangelistic party and egg hunt.
Purposeful traditions can make a Christian holiday such a meaningful memory, but I must say that even searching for those traditions has brought such a focus and meaningful reflection on the significance of Christ’s resurrection for me! And I’d love to hear some of your ideas for celebrating the holiday. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what your family has done to celebrate the day. And Happy Resurrection Day! The Lord is Risen!