Family Fun: 6 Meaningful Easter Traditions

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It’s easy for the reason of Easter to get lost amongst the chocolate bunnies, ham, and scalloped potatoes. But, knowing why we celebrate and teaching it to our children is so important! Here are some kid friendly ways to talk about what Jesus has done.

1. Hide and seek Resurrection Eggs and talk about them. (You can make your own set of eggs by following these directions.)
2. Watch the Jesus Film for kids.
3. Read the Biblical account of Holy Week
4. Create a tomb and use action figures to reenact The First Day of the Week.
5. Bake Empty Tomb Cookies, Empty Tomb Snacks, or Empty Tomb Buns.
6. Bake pretzels. A food created by medieval monks to represent praying hands and used to teach children their prayers, pretzels are a tradition reaching back 100s of years. They can be made without dairy, an ingredient that was traditionally forbidden during Lent. Therefore, they became a popular snack. Eventually, the Easter Sunday practice developed of hiding pretzels with hardboiled eggs nestled in the large openings. This, of course, led to the modern day Easter egg hunt.

What do you do to make Easter more meaningful?

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  1. We also use Resurrection eggs and start reading them the 12 days prior to Easter. We have been doing this for three years now and it is an anticipated timed for the kids.

  2. Awesome history lesson! I love finding out how traditions started.

    Since joining the blogosphere two years ago, I’ve heard so much about Resurrection Eggs, that I just might decide to go that route this year. Guess I better start assembling stuff…

  3. I’ll have to look into doing Resurrection eggs…. we don’t do Easter Bunny, Santa, etc.
    Thanks for the idea.

  4. i always loved the empty egg – that’s the biggest prize egg of all! He’s not here, He is risen!!

  5. We don’t have any children of our own yet, but growing up my parents would always do Easter baskets on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. This was an important tradition for my mother (and the little kids always love it.) By the time Sunday morning came around, the “Easter Bunny” excitement wore off. Then one of my parents would re-tell the Easter story and we would focus the whole day on our Savior. I really appreciate that they did this for us because I learned how to appreciate the true meaning of the holiday. I plan to continue this tradition when we have children someday.

  6. I tried making my own pretzels although, unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out. One problem is that I didn’t roll them thin enough. THe other problem is that I didn’t have the proper pretzel salt. I’d like to find pretzel salt and try again though! I ended up turning the failed pretzels into bread crumbs!