Sometimes I feel like I’m doing a whole lot of fluff when it comes to making Easter meaningful. To our family Easter is the reason for our faith. Christ rose from the grave so that all would come to know Him and be forgiven. We now have to opportunity to be a part of His royal family and spend eternity with the Creator. THAT’S A BIG DEAL! I want to make our celebration more than just bunnies and candy. Those elements are fun and I love adding them to our activities, but there has to be more.
This year I created a holiday printable to plan the activities I want to do this year. I love this printable because I can use this for all the holidays we love. I narrowed it down to different categories and activities that we are interested in: BOOKS, CRAFTS, FOOD, ACTIVITIES, MOVIEs, and of course you have to include BUDGET, MONEY SPENT, and PURCHASES.
I try not to get crazy when planning our holiday celebrations. Over the past several years I have purchased all the cute little trappings in the Target dollar spot and the Walmart bins. No budget, no plan, just picked up random items that the kids threw away a few days later. This year we are in the process of building our first home and moving to Ohio until the house is finished so I came cutting way back on little trinkets for the holidays.
For all the major holidays I use my Holiday Meal Planner to organize what we will be serving. We don’t usually have people over or do a lot of cooking on Easter, but I like to make it special nonetheless. This year the theme is keep it simple…one main dish, a few sides, and I’m still trying to decide on a dessert and if I will make a special drink for the kids.
I try to have at least one holiday themed book in our bookshelf. Last year I purchased The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story and this year I purchased two more for our collection. The kids are getting older, but I have several nieces and nephews to pass these down to in the future. I love having my oldest read these to the boys while I’m cooking or doing a chore.
Crafts and Activities
This will be our first year using the Christ-Centered Easter Countdown from The Dating Divas, and I’m super excited! I love everything on their site and this pack does not disappoint. The kit contains activities for two weeks and includes a banner, activity cards, conversation starters, a board game, invitations, snack bag toppers, coloring pages, Easter scavenger hunt, and more!
I purchased the enitire What’s in the Bible? series last year and love how all my kids enjoy watching these videos. The inside covers include review questions and you can find coloring pages and more on the Jelly Telly website. This year I plan to rent Twas the Night Before Easter on Amazon Video and HOP just for fun!
I’m praying that through our discussions and family activities my kids will enjoy learning about the true meaning of Easter.
What are your plans for Easter? Do you keep it simple or go all out? Let me know in the comments!