How do you celebrate Easter with your family?
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Evelyn, I love that! What a wonderful witness for Christ!
Our church has a sunrise service on Easter morning. We take all our equipment and pews outside, face the east and worship our risen Savior as the sun dawns on Easter morning. Rain, cold or sunshine, it's always a beautiful way to celebrate.
In the past we've been invited to a family friend's large estate on the bluff of the Mississippi River. We eat outside and hold a worship service by the river as the sun sets. He is not affiliated with our church, but I've always loved how our tradition is to worship as the sun comes up, then as the sun goes down. He's out of town this year, so we will not be doing that.
Somewhere in between all that, we give our daughter an Easter basket from the Easter bunny. This year she will be old enough for us to hide eggs for her to hunt. It's a fun, silly tradition. I don't see any harm to it as long as Jesus is the main focus of not only the day, but our entire lives.
Misty - posted on 04/03/2010
I know alot of families take communon together on good friday, I think it is a great idea, but it depends on how young your kids are. we have a 7 yr old and a 5yr and a 3yr, our 7yr old is the only one who is saved, so we didn't do C. we read to them out of the Bible starting Matthew at the last supper, then read until the death explaining as we went, then put in the movie the gospel of john and went to the scene selection and started at the last supper. let them watch until the death. on easter we will finish the story! After the movie we all get on our knnes and thank God for sending Jesus. Hearing your children do this will bring tears to your eyes.
We also buy our kid's devotions for the year as gifts. We take part in all the church services and have a big family dinner. No worldly stuff. when you do that it is called hypocracy. You have to live your faith, not profess it.
Marie-Jossee - posted on 04/02/2010
This is our first easter. Earlier on this year we bought from our local christian store a carton of the Resurection Eggs, 12 days before Sunday we sit down with our 1 year old daughter during worship time we talk about what is represented in the egg. Each has an item significant towards the end.
We don't want to encoarage the easter eggs or bunny, but the real purpose of celebrating easter. Though over this weekend we have put an emphasis on family time and spent it doing things we enjoy like morning and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner! Things that bring the family in unity and reflect on why Jesus died for us.
Stephanie - posted on 04/01/2010
i grew up with never being told by my parents that the easter bunny and the Christmas santa was real. and im glad they never did.(tho we did have baskits of candy and a hunt at home that was fun) i never had the big jump of having ppl tell me that(and believeing it) and then one day hearing the truth. and with that my Husband and i have decided not to do so as well. but alittle farther then that we dont do gift giving on Christmas and we dont to the whole baskit thing either(mostly becouse we can give treats and gifts any day) i wouldn't mind if my Husband wanted to take the kids to a egg hunt as long as they were not convinced it was from a rabbit. but He has never shown intrest in doing so. so as norm from the years with out our little wahs its basicly just another sunday.(tho i am hoping to make it to church but sundays have not been a good day for that so far~) tho when the kids are older we are going to do a study on the old german easter.(tho i might next year befor there older)
M. Rose - posted on 04/01/2010
Heather that is so inspiring! We have had the same conviction - who wants to cover up Christ with anything else? It is easy to forget Evelyn! Thank you both for posting. This is the first year I've thought about doing anything with my husband and 13 mo old son... so we have no tradition yet.
Julie - posted on 04/01/2010
I told my kids early that the Easter Bunny isn't real, but I also tell them it's fun to pretend and play along. I tell them that everyone likes to play the game (same thing at Christmas with Santa). So I still give them Easter Baskets and hide eggs. I tell them not to tell anyone at school the truth, because it's a fun game. Of course, I teach the real meaning of Easter and try to focus on that.
Sarah - posted on 03/31/2010
Church service, egg hunt, lunch with the family. :) When I was younger, my parents would have a beautiful basket waiting on me when I'd wake up on Easter morning. They never missed a year...well, until I got much older lol. My son is only 6 months old, but I got him a cute little Easter basket, a little stuffed bunny, some eggs, and candy for me hehe. The kids are having a huge egg hunt after the church service on Sunday, and you better believe my little 6 month old will be right out there with them. I can't wait! :)
We do a huge church morning. Early service & worship, church breakfast, than more singing & worship & then we do baptizing. When we get home I give the kids their Easter basket. My kids do get their picture taken with the Easter bunny, but my 4 yr old knows it's a guy in a mask. We say it's just for fun, but there is not a real Easter bunny, that's silly. We also talk about what we are celabrating & why.. She totally gets it. ♥
Julie - posted on 03/31/2010
The highlight of our Easter day is definitely our church service; I love singing the resurrection songs! Then we follow it with Easter dinner, usually at my mom's who makes ham or lamb. This year, my church is doing a Good Friday service, which I'm really looking forward to. My son is 18 months, and we are going to an Easter basket for him this year, but it's really an after-thought, just something fun to do so we can eat candy. =)
Anne - posted on 03/31/2010
Hi Sia, our daughters are adults now, but we did do the eggs and basket. Our children always knew that we did the egg hiding and that Easter is was and always be about JESUS. When my parents were alive and my husbands parents lived in our town we would spend part of the day with each parent after Church. At my In-Laws we always had leg of lamb, because Jesus was the Lamb that was slain.
When my mom moved to a Nursing Home because of her health and safety my family would take dinner to the nursing home. We had what ever my mom felt like eating because she was not at good eater. Now that many things have changed in our lives, and our daughters live too far away to spend the day whit them my husband and I go to Church and have a quiet meal at home. I still send the girls as small easter basket minus the eggs, No need to give them food poisoning from sending boiled eggs through the mail.
One thing I have learned aver the years, is where or even the details of the day are not as important is the Real Meaning and Reason for Easter!
Heather - posted on 03/31/2010
My mom comes every year. We have a brunch at the church before service, then come home and have a mid afternoon meal. We spend the week before talking about what it is about, and the events that led up to His death and resurrection. We do not do the easter bunny or eggs, those are pagan traditions, and we have just been really convicted against using them. I don't want to take away from the real meaning of the day by adding things that are lies and could in the end damage my witness to my children. We use to do egg hunts and just made sure that our kids knew it was us, but we don't even do that anymore.
Evelyn - posted on 03/31/2010
I live in Nigeria and we don't celebrate with Easter Bunnies or Easter Eggs or anything like that, we celebrate with lots of food and drinks with family and friends and still try to remember the reason for this celebration, which is the ressurection of our Lord Jesus Christ, (it's easy to forget the reason for the celebration cos everyone's in a party mood".
You usually hear people say "come over to my house for lunch, Christ is risen, come and let's celebrate", that's the usual atmosphere in Nigeria, even muslims who know you stop by for some food and drink, saying "what do you have to eat and drink, Jesus is alive abi?".
abi is native for "is that not so"?
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