This year, Easter is going to be an interesting time for our family. EJ is old enough to learn about the real celebration of Easter, and I’m feel like I’m making my way through this time almost on my own. Why?
The church we are a part of is fabulous, and we love it there. But the church body there does not celebrate Easter (or Christmas) the way the church I grew up in did. We celebrate the risen Christ, but there are no special “lessons” about Easter for the children in Sunday School. So how do I explain to a 3 year old about Christ needing to die for our sins, and that He rose again for our salvation?
My mom is cleaning out their attic right now, and she brought over boxes and bags and bags and boxes full of Easter baskets and toys we accumulated over the years as a family. We had so much fun going through all of our old stuff, and EJ had a blast claiming things as his own. I’m excited about adding these things into our Easter tradition, as they played such a fun part of my family’s traditions growing up. And as EJ sorted through things, I prayed he would understand that these cute bunnies and eggs and chicks and baskets are not what Easter is about. Yes, they are fun, but that’s not what it’s about…
We are reading the Easter stories out of our Bible storybooks a lot right now, and I hope to get some more books to help tell the Easter story in a way that a 3 year old can understand. I know that it can take years for a child to really understand this… I pray we are laying a good foundation, though.
How do you tell your children the special truth about the Easter celebration? How do you celebrate Easter with your families? I’m very curious about how others share this good news with their young ones – I’m telling EJ the truth, but how can I help him understand?
Coming up: egg-free Easter crafts – literally. EJ has severe egg allergies, so we will be having fun without touching a single egg. Stay tuned!