This Easter we wanted to have a big celebration with friends to remember what Christ did for us on the cross and the significance of this event. For us as Christians we choose to remember Christ’s birth on Christmas and His death burial and resurrection on Easter. Our goal is to celebrate Easter with the same enthusiasm that we do Christmas. What would Christmas matter if it were not for Easter?
I had a couple of activities that we like to do each Easter but I searched for any more that may be available. I received an email from a favorite blog of mine that gave me several ideas, too. We had married and single friends with and without children over, and celebrated traveling from one event to another. We started out meeting at our house after our morning service for a potluck lunch and then proceeded with the activities. We tried to do events that would include all ages. We had one or two that were more suited for younger or older. The children would go and play between activities while we prepared the next one. Each time they were eager to run back and see what was on the agenda next which made all the work worthwhile. That weekend had been very busy putting up a fence so I did not have everything in order for each craft, but it worked out fine with the ladies helping prepare the next activity while the children had free play for a few minutes. Go with the flow, do what you can and have fun celebrating the greatest gift ever- ETERNAL LIFE due to Christ’s payment on the cross. We have much to be thankful for and the most wonderful reason to celebrate!!
Here’s what we did:
- Empty Tomb Treats – Read More
- Empty Tomb Paper Craft – Read More
- Stained Glass Cross – Read More
- Cut Palm Branches/Sang Shout Hosanna (Rob Evans, The Donut Man)
- Resurrection Rolls – Read More
- Cross Paper Tear – Read More
- Sang hymns/choruses celebrating Christ’s Resurrection
- Resurrection Eggs – Read More
Side note: if you are questioning why even celebrate Easter due to the heathen practices in times past or who started the holiday, then maybe this will help you:
“Satan employs God’s creation in many ways to point others away from God. Satan can’t create anything, so he has to work with what God made. God created the egg. As believers, we can reclaim symbols, words, geographical areas, literature, music, art, movie-making, etc. They are God’s, not Satan’s. This is God’s world, and part of our role here as His ambassadors is to reclaim territory for Him and advance His kingdom.
More importantly than eggs or meat offered to idols (as in 1 Corinthians) or Christmas trees, is the love we should show each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. 1 Corinthians 8:8-9, dealing with the issue of eating meat that had been offered to idols, says, “But meat [or Easter eggs, in our case] commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.” Neither our use of Easter eggs nor our avoidance of Easter eggs earns us any merit before God.” (Pam at www.doorposts.com/blog)
Our Easter Celebrations don’t always look the same, but Christ is always the center of what we do! What would His birth mean if not for His death and resurrection??? CELEBRATE!
Other ideas that we have done previously:
- Passover Celebration (Celebrate the Feasts of the Old Testament by Martha Zimmerman, The Feasts of the Lord by Kevin Howard, Marvin Rosenthal)
- Passover Meal (also in Celebrate the Feasts…did this as part of our history study in My Father’s World Creation to the Greeks)
- Passover Children’s Books(My First Passover Board Book by Sue Grabham-DK bk, look on CBD for others)