More than anything I want the celebration of Easter to be as important to my family as Christmas is.
For years it was a weekend celebration for us.
Then, for a time, we celebrated Holy Week.
But it wasn’t enough…
I longed for the preparation of the heart that takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the counting down the days, the remembering the reason for the season, the hope and joy and anticipation that fills my heart in December …I wanted all of that to somehow find its way into this holy season.
I wanted my kids to know the stories of Joseph of Arimathea, Mary Magdalene, and Thomas as well as they knew the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels.
So I began to study all of the stories of the most important people that filled the last moments in the life of Jesus. The people who He loved. The people who are a part of the story of Easter. These people have become a huge part of our celebration.
For the next four weeks we will talk about the people who filled the last moments of the Savior’s life, and in so doing, prepare a tender place in our heart to celebrate Easter.
Each person has a story. Each story has a tradition. Each tradition includes an activity that will help fill our home with decorations that will allow us to celebrate a Christ centered Easter. In our home we participate in two activities every week leading up to Easter.
Would you like to celebrate with us?
Here is what you will need:
Lazarus: potting soil, planting containers of any sort, red wheat berries from the bulk section of your grocery store.
The Three Women: Eggs, yellow onion skins
Simon: a spool of jute
Thomas: a bouquet of white Easter lilies…don’t buy these yet.
Joseph and Nicodemus: white plastic Easter eggs and a couple small branches from a tree outside.
2 Disciples on the road to Emmaus: scrapbook paper for each member of the family
Jesus: preparations for an Easter dinner
I will be blogging about our activities here with all of the details you will need to know to do each activity. Also, I will post on Instagram (@emilybellefreeman) so you will know a new blog is up. We will start on March 1!
If you want to go at your own pace it might be easier to follow along from the book. You can find Celebrating a Christ Centered Easter here, and if you want to download the Easter Advent Banner you can find it here.
This season of hope, joy, and celebration is one of my most favorite times of the year. Oh, I am so looking forward to the stories that will fill these upcoming weeks as we prepare our heart to celebrate Him.