Thursday, March 17, 2016

Easter, A Celebration of Christ!

Spring is on its way, at least I thought it was until it started snowing and looks like we are having a second winter. Luckily it is warm enough that the snow doesn't last long.  I love everything about spring time, the robins singing, blossoms and tulips poking their heads out of the ground and nature waking up to share its beauty with us.  Along with spring comes Easter time, the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 After His death, the body of Jesus was placed in a sepulcher. Three days later His spirit was reunited with His physical body. Our Savior Jesus Christ was resurrected with a gloried body of bone and flesh, never to be separated from His spirit again.  He lives today!  Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ all mankind will be resurrected, their bodies and spirits will be reunited again. What a wonderful gift that our Heavenly Father and Savior have given us. Paul taught of the resurrection in Corinthians:


 “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. … For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:20, 22; see also Alma 11:42-45).

Easter is one of the holidays that has been over taken by commercialism. Do we really pay attention to what we are celebrating, or is it just about Easter egg hunts, chocolate and bunnies?   It is so easy to get caught up in the worlds idea of Easter and to forget about our Savior.   The Easter baskets are fun and cute and kids get excited to see what the Easter bunny left for them.  For some it's like another Christmas.  The stores sell giant, prefilled baskets stuffed full of all kinds of toys, candy of every kind and all kinds of Easter themed trinkets. Sometimes its hard not to fall into the commercial side of Easter, after all I want my children to be happy.

We don't celebrate the Easter Bunny at our house. My kids know that he is just a made up person and that I am the one that fills their baskets.  I don't go over board on baskets because it drives me crazy that Easter is so commercialized. Easter is a great time for my kids to get new church clothes or a new summer outfit depending on what they need the most.  In addition to an outfit, their baskets might contain:  a few treats, a coloring book and side walk chalk.  We do join in on the Easter egg hunts and occasionally die eggs.   If your interested in knowing where the Easter bunny came from: Where did the Easter Bunny Come from?
Where did Easter Baskets come from?

My reason for this post is to provide you with ideas for a more Christ Centered Easter Celebration.  I hope you will find something useful here. Please feel free to share your ideas below. I love to hear form readers.
He is Risen!

Jesus is Resurrected

An Easter Declaration

Gethsemane

Easter Activities:

My kids love a good Easter Egg hunt. Grandma usually puts one on for them so it is something exciting to look forward to.  I also do an Easter Egg hunt, but it is  Christ centered. Each egg is filled with something to remind them of the life of Christ.  

This version from Messes to Memories provides cute, colorful printouts with reference scriptures.

This version from Church House Collection has free printables to put in the eggs, so you don't have to worry about collecting anything.


 Happy Home Fairy version is geared more towards toddles. 




I love this idea of an Easter Walk.  What fun to have a treasure hunt to look for things to remind us of our Saviors resurrection.


Palm Sunday from Catholic Icing


Jelly Bean Prayer from the Idea Room


Lamb of God Craft from The Homeschool Village


Stained Glass Cross from Mom on Time Out


Easter Walk from Mormon Share

http://www.brimfulcuriosities.com/2011/03/lamb-of-god-lenten-craft-ultimate-dvd.html

Lamb of God Lenten Craft from Brimful Curiosities


Holy Week Calendar from the Domestic Notebook


He Is Risen Craft From Totally Tots



Holy Thursday Last Supper Craft from Catholic Icing


Resurrection Set from Catholic Icing


Easter Lantern from Multiply Goodness


Holy Week in Hand Prints from Catholic Icing


A Week of Easter - from Our Family blog.  I love everything on this blog. What a fun family tradition and a great way to teach children about Easter. 


Holy Week  from Mercy River Music


Hosanna Branch Wave from Mommy Snippets


Easter Copywork from To the Moon and Back


Resurrection Eggs Copywork from Mercy is New


Easter Treat from Free Fun Easter

Bible Printables and Crafts from Christian Preschool Printables






There are so many Christ centered activities to choose from. I hope that as Easter approaches you will take the time to reflect on our Savior and share His love with those around you.  If you are looking for Bible videos to share look here.   These scenes from the New Testament depict the life of Jesus Christ so beautifully.  

What are your Easter traditions? Please feel free to leave your comments and links below.  I would love to hear from you. 




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