What comes to your mind when you think of Easter? When I think of Easter, things that come to my mind are bunnies, jelly beans, grass, eggs, pastel colors, and candy. Lots and lots of candy. There are so many fun things about Easter. That’s just part of it, though. Put aside all of the candy, the bunny, the games, and what do you have? You have Jesus Christ. You have His glorious Resurrection.
Growing up, I remember coloring easter eggs, and getting a fun basket Easter morning. I also remember going to the mall to pick out a special Easter outfit. I always had a pretty hat, a dress and some matching gloves. It seems people don’t dress up for Easter as much anymore. My family didn’t tell us to believe in an Easter Bunny, so we didn’t. A friend’s family, however, went all out. They had someone dress up in a bunny suit so the kids could spot him. I bet that was so fun for the kids!
In addition to the traditions of coloring eggs, we have added an annual egg hunt. It’s small, just our family, but I love it. We don’t hide real eggs, just the plastic ones you can fill. Can you imagine the stench if you were to forget one? Ick. Recently we’ve been doing the fun Easter stuff on the Saturday after. This has two benefits- we can buy all the candy at a discounted price, but more importantly we get to focus on the reason we celebrate on Easter Sunday.
To me, Easter Sunday is all about remembering the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us, and how He was Resurrected after 3 days. I am so grateful for my Savior, and His Atonement.
We start the week before Easter with a Family Home Evening lesson all about Jesus and His Resurrection. I want the children to know without a doubt the real reason that we celebrate Easter. We talk about the tomb that Jesus was laid in, then we talk about the best part- that after 3 days, Jesus arose from the dead! What a wonderful truth to have!
May we all focus on the right things this coming Easter. It’s so much fun to have egg hunts, and give gifts. But the most important thing is remembering Jesus Christ, His Atonement and His Resurrection.
Have a Happy Easter!