I’ve been on a mission for a children’s book that can explain the real meaning of Easter for some time now. Death, torture and nailing Jesus to the cross just doesn’t seem like a toddler friendly conversation. But at the same time, I can’t pretend that ALL Easter is about is bunny rabbits and candy filled Easter eggs.
When I was a kid, we always had a fantastic (but not overboard) Easter basket outside our bedroom door on Easter morning. There was usually one toy (I was amazed the one year I got a Barbie!) a few chocolates and always silly putty – I remember having the most fun with the silly putty every year! But then, I got dressed in my new beautiful Easter dress and we went to the Sunrise Church Service at the beach…we lived near Boston for the first 10 years of my childhood, near Cape Cod. I always knew what the real reason for Easter was and it’s important that my children also know the meaning of these Christian holidays. I guess my point is that I really do think it’s possible to still have fun with the Easter Bunny and egg hunts BUT still take time to reflect and remember the origin of this very special Easter holiday. I always appreciated the gifts from my parents because they never went overboard when we were kids. I’ve learned the more you shower your kids in presents, the more they expect it. And don’t we all just want them to be happy & grateful for everything we do for them? Sometimes less really is more!
I’ve come across quite a few fun ways families get their kids involved at Easter, one of which is having the kids help you make a Grace Garden. This looks fantastic and would love to do this when Luke is a little older.
I also found these two great books, one to help explain the real meaning of Easter and the other is a toddler bible he’ll be getting in his Easter basket! Yes, ok….along with a new Lightning McQueen car set I’ve been stashing for him for months now. The Easter Bunny won’t be totally depriving him! Ha! I’m sure the Easter Bunny will also be leaving some yummy chocolates too! Either of these books are fantastic for young kids! How do you and your family celebrate Easter? Do you follow old family traditions from when you were a kid or have you created your own?