Silly Rabbit--Easter is for Jesus!
Happy Good Friday and Easter weekend everyone!
Though each holiday we celebrate in this household holds a special meaning to me, there is something about Easter that sets it a little above all the rest. I absolutely LOVE this special time of year and may go so far as to say it is my favorite holiday. That being said, I have a confession to make.
Easter is a holiday that has come to give me extreme anxiety. So much so that I have contemplated for the last month on whether or not I would even write this post. So, as I gather my last few gulps of bravery, let me explain.
Growing up, Easter was to me what it is to most little children. I excitedly awaited the weekend that would bring egg hunts, the Easter bunny, pretty dresses and big family dinners--oh, and chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate. We would go to church Sunday morning, hear the Easter story, thank God for his sacrifice through Jesus Christ, and then continue on with the day's events. It was always special and I have so many fond memories.
However, as I got older, my walk with Christ grew stronger and I came to find myself wanting to get to get to know him even better. I spent the entire year of 2013 reading the Bible, cover to cover. After that I became more involved with my church, joined bible studies and began to pray--really pray about my life and my place in this world. I thought I was on a great road, but then I was thrown a significant curve ball--I became a mom.
Being a mom is by far one of the greatest joys I will ever experience. I often find myself up late at night contemplating all of the things I can do to ensure that my son has the best childhood I can give him. I want him to experience deep friendships, fun adventures and maintain happy holiday memories that he will someday look back on when raising his own family. But more than anything else, I want him to have a heart that is constantly seeking God and a desire to be in this world but not of it.
Now here I am, faced with this untimely dilemma and the reason why Easter gives me such anxiety. How do I ensure that ultimate goal while living in an increasingly secular world? I want my child to experience the fun and excitement that all children deserve when it comes to this holiday, but I do not want it to cloud his understanding of just how significant Christ's sacrifice for us truly was.
This is an issue that has been on my heart since before I even became a mom, but I am now having to face it as my boy gets older. Since the beginning of Lent, along with my Lenten bible study, I have been thinking and praying about how I can have a healthy balance of both. Though I cannot be certain, I feel we are on a good path.
So, moms and dads, if you find you are like me struggling with the weight of bringing your children to Christ and observing the holiday in it's truest form, follow along. Here are a couple of things I did this year to keep our hearts focused on the true reason for Easter while still enjoying the sweetness of the holiday.
And if you have any ideas on what I can add next year, please leave a comment! Even if it's just to let me know I am not alone, because that is truly how it has felt sometimes.
Though the resurrection technically isn't celebrated until Sunday, things are going to be a little busy at our house this weekend, so today E and I made a batch of Resurrection Rolls. I want to thank Pinterest for this amazing idea (I am under no illusion that I could come up with something this fantastic). This will definitely become a yearly tradition for us. Not only are they incredibly delicious, but they provide a fun way for you to interact with your children while also talking about the Easter story.
- 1 can crescent rolls
- 2 tbs butter (melted)
- 1/4 c. sugar mixed with cinnamon (mix to your own liking)
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Lay out flattened rolls on a cookie sheet.
- Take marshmallow and dip into melted butter.
- Quickly take butter soaked marshmallow and roll in cinnamon sugar mix.
- Take sugared marshmallow and roll into each triangle of dough.
- Wrap crescent dough completely around marshmallow. Try not to leave too many openings.
- Top each roll with remaining cinnamon sugar.
- Bake 11-14 mins or until golden brown.
Once your rolls are cooled, sit down with your kiddos at the table. Before breaking into the rolls, explain how they represent the tomb that Jesus was placed in after his crucifixion. The marshmallow represents the body of Christ as he was laid to rest in his tomb. Now, let them take a fork or knife and slice into their roll. Surprise! The "tomb" is empty--He is Risen!
Side note: don't actually wait three days to open the tomb. These goodies are best right out of the oven ;-)
E's Easter Basket
Since E is now 18 months old, he is getting to that fun stage where he actually enjoys getting surprise gifts, so I decided I would make him his first Easter basket.
I am always pleasantly surprised at our local Dollar Store and the wide selection they always have for every holiday. Bonus! This little beauty cost me a grand total of $5. And even though I know the crayons will probably spend more time in his mouth than on the coloring book, I can't help but feel proud of how this all turned out.
Whew--so there you have it.
I look forward to adding to these activities as my son gets older and taking part in Easter celebrations with our friends and family.
While I did not personally take my kid to sit on the Easter Bunny's lap, I am not in any way judging those who did. In fact, I love seeing all my friend's and family's sweet little ones happily (or not so happily) sitting with the mall bunny. And we will gladly accept anyone's invitation to an egg hunt.
So, please don't think of me as the Easter Scrooge. I am simply a mom trying her best to raise her boy to be a godly man, while in turn keeping my own heart set on Christ.