Do you ever get through a holiday and feel like you missed the point? With Easter approaching, we wanted to share some creative ideas to keep the focus on the true meaning - the resurrection of Jesus. Have a tradition you want to share? Leave a comment below!
- Observe the Lord’s Supper or a Traditional Passover Meal
At the last supper Jesus instructed His disciples to remember him at a meal shared with loved ones. He was celebrating the Jewish Passover feast before giving his life as the final sacrificial lamb, ushering in a new covenant with God’s people. Christians can experience a deeper understanding and appreciation of Easter through the symbolic elements included in these traditions.
- Read and Reflect on the Easter Story
You can find accounts of the Easter story beginning in Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, and John 18. Start on good Friday and read the resurrection account early on Sunday; reflect each day on what Jesus and the disciples experienced; let your children read the story of the empty tomb and how the women searched for Jesus before they hunt for eggs.
- Plant an Easter Garden
Flowers can be a happy reminder of the new life we celebrate at Easter. The Bible tells us the tomb was near a garden, and Mary Magdalene even thought Jesus was the gardener when he appeared to her! Lilies, daffodils, and tulips will reappear year after year as spring approaches.
- Focus on Fasting and Prayer
Some faith traditions celebrate a season of reflection and preparation during the 40 days before Easter. Many believers choose to participate in a fast of some kind to remember Jesus’s time of temptation in the wilderness. No matter your denomination, the Easter season is the perfect time to refocus your heart, re-examine your life, and refresh your commitment to Christ.
- Spread the Word!
Something I always looked forward to was a text from my mother-in-law early Easter morning that simply read - ‘HE IS RISEN!’ to which I would reply, ‘HE IS RISEN INDEED!’ There are all kinds of simple ways to share the joy of Easter with others. If you have kids, find a craft to do together or make resurrection rolls to teach them about the empty tomb.
- Share the Love
Easter is a perfect opportunity to invite someone to attend services at your church or to join your family for a meal. Demonstrate God’s love by reaching out to others around you who may not have a place to celebrate. Put together a gift or flower basket to encourage a friend who has recently lost a loved one or gone through a difficult season.
Christy Kelly lives in Fenton, MO with her husband of nearly 15 years, 3 children, a dog, a fish, and a gecko. She loves to sing and serves as a worship leader at her home church. She has worked at Elly and Grace for over a year and enjoys using her photography skills to create product photos and fun model shoots with her co-workers! One of her favorite Bible verses is Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.