Easter is NOT about the Easter Bunny but you sure wouldn’t know it by the sale flyers arriving in the mail the past couple weeks. In any store you enter you are bombarded with pink and purple eggs, candy again (didn’t we already do this over Christmas and Valentine’s?!) and everywhere Hallmark is screaming at you to buy a card or a gift for those children and loved ones in your life.
Celebrating Easter without the Easter Bunny isn’t easy!
It is going against the culture!
When you tell your kids that you aren’t ‘doing’ the Easter Bunny, they are confronted with longing for all the bright and colorful goodies every turn they make.
You can’t just take Easter away. You have to substitute it with something better. Something lasting.
Easter is all about the death and resurrection of Jesus.
As a child, I loved getting up early to go to a sunrise service. The whole day was centered around Jesus even though (even back then) the chocolate Easter Bunny was already sitting on eggs. Go figure!
A Children’s Version of the Seder
When my oldest were very small, we did what we called, “A God Hunt.” I made a scavenger hunt where they ended up finding 3 matza’s wrapped together. One was broken to represent Jesus who’s body was broken for us. I think that first time we used Easter eggs in the hunt. We were transitioning into how we would be raising our children.
For years we would do a children’s version of the Seder. A Seder can be long and boring for children but we found a shortened version for kids that brought out the significance of Christ that is hidden from so many people.
We had recipes for the Matzah ball soup, the Haroset (apples, grape juice, chopped dates) and we would make a wonderful family celebration that truly centered around Jesus.
For those of you who don’t know, the Seder is the dinner celebration that the Hebrews remembered their exodus out of Egypt. It is a meal with special foods, practices, and Scripture readings that help us to remember the Israelites being freed from Egyptian slavery. It recounts each of the plagues as the meal is eaten. It totally involves each family member and especially the children.
Our Family’s Passover Haggadah by Ellen Lyman
A Haggadah is the order for the service of the Passover. The name of the festival is Pesach in Hebrew. It is a ‘passing over protection’ when the death angel passed over the homes of the Hebrews who had painted blood onto their doors. Jesus passes over us when we claim His blood shed for us on the cross of Calvary. Praise God!!
This Haggadah is probably not available any longer. This was in a big binder with other Hebrew holidays. I am not sure if I have it anymore. It might be in my attic but I am not going up there right now 😉
We took a white pillow case and with paint, put the kids hand prints and did other things to decorate it. I looked for it but didn’t find it.
I did find the Haggadah’s that the children and I put together. I took pictures of it in case you would like to incorporate the Seder into your children’s Easter instead of the Easter Bunny.
He is Risen!! He is Risen Indeed!!
Praise God that Jesus is risen and risen indeed!! What a wonderful thing to teach our children about how Jesus had victory over the grave instead of about a dead bunny that Hallmark has dressed up to be cute!!
In whatever way that you choose to worship our Savior this Easter, I hope that you include Jesus.
Here are some scriptures to include
in your reading as Resurrection Sunday approaches this year:
Do you celebrate Easter with or without the Easter Bunny? Do you mix Jesus and the Easter Bunny? We are all in different places on our journey and I have simply shared what our family has done.
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