I think Easter is my favorite Holiday! We had wonderful Easter traditions growing up that included: family, picnics, parks, hunting for eggs, new Spring clothes and dresses.
When our little family moved to Minnesota years ago and Easter looked like this:
I realized it was time to make our own traditions! (that didn't include picnics, or Spring clothes)
I have used ideas from Saren Eyre Loosli and her guide on the Power of Moms website: A Delibrate Mother's Guide to a Christ- Centered Easter
For Family Home Evening this week we had a simple meal, maybe something like the last supper. We showed pictures of Christ and discussed the last week of his life. We ate: bitter herbs, assorted cheeses, unlevened bread, and lentil soup.
After dinner we showed the picture of Christ washing his Apostle's feet and we washed the kid's feet. It was my favorite Family Home Evening that we have had. The spirit was strong and the kids realized that Easter is about Christ and His resurrection not about a bunny and candy.
Throughout the rest of this week we will continue to use ideas from the article that I referenced above.
On Saturday we wake up and grab our bags and find treats and treasures that the Easter Bunny has left throughout the house. On the Saturday before Easter we also dye eggs and have egg fights to see whose has the strongest egg. I used pictures from last year when we had lovely Easter weather.
I hope this year will be as warm :)
Pictures from last Easter:
On Sunday morning the kids get a new outfit for church and we open plastic eggs that each have something to represent Christ's last week of life and of course the final egg is empty, just like the tomb.
"He is not here, He is risen!"