We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter Bunny banned, but the gospel flame fanned.

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?


Kasiah Banks said...

I have a great easter egg hunt idea from seminary last year that uses those cheap plastic eggs. You put some "thing" (it tells you what to use) in each egg and each "things" represents some part of the easter story. Fun for the kids, but also allows kids to remember our savior during this time of year. Actually going to use it for sharing time on Easter Sunday. Let me know if you're interested. I can email it to you. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Anna said...

I've heard about something like that too where a different object or scripture reference in the egg depicts something from the last week of Christ's life, and then you open them in order throughout the week. Something like that.

On my blog we are doing a big to do about the entire Plan of Salvation, which will coincide with Easter and the Resurrection. It just happened to work out perfectly this unit since we are finishing up "my body," you know, to talk about all the changes our bodies go through, ok, not ALL the changes. You know what I mean, spirit, physical body, death, resurrection. Anyway, hopefully I'll get it up soon after Easter, but I realize that's not quite helpful for this year, but maybe some ideas for next year.