We're watching a beautifully made short video clip for Family Night tonight.
We're talking about Easter. We haven't ever introduced the Easter Bunny, although Lukas has seen the rabbits, bright eggs and chocolate everywhere, and has participated in an egg hunt or three. I'm pretty sure he'd love that chocolate dripping from his lips, regardless of whether or not it's from me or some imaginary hairy being that leaves eggs and sweets in secret.
Oh, I know. No fun you say? Bah. Of COURSE there is fun. Puleeze. It's OUR house after all. Where we are together there is fun. We still color us some mean eggs for an Egg-o-rama smash fest, and create something yummy with all the eggs afterwards. We might be known to even put some fun baskets out with a favorite treat, and something that reminds us of Jesus- a children's songbook, or a special little picture-but it's from us (not some rabbit) to help remind him about Jesus. And we'll celebrate with a nice meal all together.
I saw this super cool article that may make some of you roll your eyes or scoff, but I loved it. It's about how we teach (or UNteach) our kids about Easter. This means doing away with "the traditions of your fathers" -- you know, those things that so many claim is "fun" and "part of being a kid" and I think, but building a lasting respect and love for Jesus could be the "part of being a kid" that your child passes on to his kids-- wouldn't that feel joyous, which may feel even better than fun? But it would take trying something new, and faith that the Gospel joy will be more delicious than the fun.
In any case, our plan now is that after talking about what it means that Jesus died, and then was resurrected on the 3rd day (using the cardboard tomb in our house (*used to be house, then tree house, then temple, then cave, now for real cave/tomb- everyone needs a stove box, right?) we will talk about how Easter is not about new clothes and some rabbit visiting, but about the greatest moment in the history of the entire world, upon which my and your happiness in this life weigh: The atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He broke the bands of death so we can all live again, and see loved ones again. He suffered so that he can be succored, and be able to repent from sin-- every day. What a gift. What a prime example of love.
Yayyyy for Easter!! (And for those yummy Cadbury eggs that appear during this season!-- and those malt ball eggs with which you can paint your lips blue!)
Any ideas for how to make Easter more Christ-centered and less Easterbunnyish?