How are you explaining Easter to your preschooler?
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Kayla - posted on 03/05/2013
I have been telling my 4 yr old that we celebrate because Jesus died and rose again so we can hang out with Him in Heaven forever when we die- maybe I don't say it in those exact words but that's about it and he seems fine with it lol
Carla - posted on 03/27/2013
Sarah, IF you want to do baskets, it doesn't necessarily have to be junk. This year I have started integrating little do-dads, like hair ties, matchbook cars etc and cutting back on the candy, cuz NONE of us really NEED ALL that candy ;) I have had to start hiding the candy for Christmas and Easter from darling hubby, AND, I'm getting to the point where, if I hide something, I can't find it, either ;) Of course, it makes it difficult when I go to make the baskets and stockings when I can't find it, either :)
God bless, sweetheart my prayers are with you.
Sarah - posted on 03/27/2013
Thanks ladies for your responses! I eliminated the pageantry of the baskets because that was the ONLY focus. Ive slowly reintroduced egg hunts but wont be doing doing baskets because my family eats enough junk as it is! :) haha
Pat - posted on 03/25/2013
I don't see anything wrong with having Easter baskets and chocolate eggs and all the junk candy that goes along with it. My kids never believed in the Easter bunny. The concept was just too dumb to consider it true. They went to Sunday School every Sunday and I know why we celebrate Easter was discussed. We colored Easter eggs too. I don't see how eating a chocolate rabbit takes away from the meaning of Easter. The bunny was never a part of our Easter and we had fun and thanked Jesus for saving us. It's the same thing with Christmas. Santa was never part of why we celebrated. My kids always knew Santa was a fake.....same with the tooth fairy lol Other parents hated me for this but I'm not here to please other parents.
Erica - posted on 03/25/2013
I read my son the Easter story explaining that Jesus was nailed to a cross. My son is 4 so I know he doesn't understand what death means. But he understand that Jesus was wrapped up and put in a tomb for 3 days then he came alive and went to Heaven. They won't understand it all right now but just tell them the story.
Rachel - posted on 03/24/2013
I don't quite understand the question. I agree- you are never too young to learn about the atonement. I have also gone ahead and explained why Pagans worshipped the bunny and why Constantine chose to Christianize Easter, and how the symbolism is reflected in the true story of Jesus. We put the emphasis on Christ, and my kids know that the Easter bunny is just a game. They won't absorb it all at once, but they have nothing but the truth to build on. So tell him all about Easter.
Teresa - posted on 03/15/2013
As a child I remember Mom buying me and my sister a new Easter dress, a big deal for us, and MAYBE a costume jewelry cross. We did get miniature copies of the New Testament one year, and that was "the bomb"! We never did Easter Bunny or Easter baskets. We did go to church and eat Easter dinner with the family.
My nine year old used to get Easter baskets from other family members and he finally quit opening them. SO last Easter on the way to church I explained the Passion and what Christ did for us. He had questions and still does and I explain them in a matter of fact way and he will let me know what he doesn't understand. He asked Jesus to live in his heart that day and said he wanted to please God.
I know. SOme say he was too young BUT at 6 years old I wanted to be baptized and I was told I was too young. I persisted until at * I was baptized and accepted CHrist as my Lord and Savior. I have grown since and really appreciate my calling for I believe it was pure and sincere especially in those so young.
I have not stopped talking with my son about his decision and what it means to his everyday life. I am teaching him how he is to react and be proactive with this world as a Christian. I have never heard of an age preference for God except that if we teach them HIS way then they will not forget them when they are older.
Sarah - posted on 03/11/2013
Linda you're totally right! What does a giant bunny w/eggs and chocolate have to do with ANYTHING?! Weird! I wasnt raised in a Christian home so we always had Easter baskets that the bunny left and then we'd hunt for the eggs he hid. When I had my daughter, since I was still in high school, my mother just incorporated her into the tradition. But as I grew in my faith I realized that the Easter bunny was pointless and kinda 'killed him off' lol my mom was mad at me for ruining my daughters innocence but it had to be done because I will not carry that onto my younger children. Easter is about Christ, not a bunny!
Thanks ladies for the ideas!
Linda - posted on 03/02/2013
Carla and Victoria are right--just tell the story simply and without all the details. They are never too young to know that Jesus died for them. There are also some great story books out there for children. Some examples:
I liked to read some of these types of books to my children when they were younger. My advice is to focus on Jesus....and ignore the Easter bunny. I have no idea where that even came from anyway!
Victoria - posted on 02/28/2013
We've never really called it Easter, we've always called it resurrection Sunday.
We have a Communion Service on Good Friday were we celebrate our saviours love.
We've always explained the true, not graphically, but the truth from the scriptures.
We've done this from the time our kids were young & as Pastors teaching our kids in our Church.
We explain that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins & then on the third day rose again so that we could have the gift of salvation from God which is a relationship or friendship with God on earth that will be continued because we get to go to heaven.
We tell them how Jesus took the keys of hell & lead all the people who had already died out & took them into heaven.
We tend to focus more on the celebration of the communion as we are told to do this in 1 Cor 11:23-26 proclaiming the Lords death until he comes.
Carla - posted on 02/25/2013
Keep it very general. Jesus was dead, then God raised Him up on Easter Sunday. Keep the gory details of Good Friday for a later time. You can tell him the story about while Jesus' body was in the grave, His spirit went to hell and took the keys of death and hell away from satan and then took all those who wanted, to Heaven with Him. That would be a good thing for you guys to act out ;)
We always celebrated Easter Sunday in church, then had an Easter egg hunt at Grama's house after a big dinner. My grampa was a Pentecostal minister, and celebrated all the holidays.
Kiss the babies for me, and Adra, God bless
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