Sometimes I feel like the Easter grinch.
You see, I love cute little bunnies and chicks and dying eggs with my girls, and I’m pretty sure there’s no better combination that marshmallows and chocolate.
But none of those has a thing to do with the death and resurrection of Jesus.
For us, Easter is a sacred celebration that marks the most significant moment in time.
To think that God loved us enough to send His Son to walk this earth as a man and to suffer a gruesome and painful death on the cross is humbling and awe-inspiring.
But, thankfully, the story doesn’t even end there. The most important part of the story is that Jesus conquered sin and death and rose on the third day so that we could be reunited with Him and have eternal life.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it…The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.”
And that is what we celebrate on Easter.
All of that other stuff is fun and good, and we still do it…just not for Easter. We celebrate springtime, but we don’t do Easter baskets. We dye eggs, but not Easter eggs. And we eat lots of chocolate, but we prefer to buy it after Easter, when it’s all on clearance anyway.
For me, eggs and bunnies and chicks only serve to trivialize the true meaning of Easter. And it’s such an important part of our faith that I just can’t bring myself to do that.
This year, we’re adding a new tradition to our celebration of Easter, which I first read about at Frugal Granola. At 3 p.m. on Good Friday, we’re going to turn out all of the lights as symbol of Christ’s death on the cross. We’re then going to use candles rather than electric lights until Easter morning, when we’ll turn on the lights to celebrate His resurrection.
In this way, I hope to draw my girls’ focus to the true meaning of Easter.
And we’ll enjoy all of that other fun stuff another day!
How do you celebrate Easter in your home?