I am going to be honest, Easter has not always been my favorite holiday.
I know, blasphemy, for a Christian right?!
Easter for me has meant hot muggy Texas weather, early naps and buying a new dress, until the last few years.
Changing my views, have to do with living in a culture that takes the Holy Week seriously. It starts with Ash Wednesday. I would go into the grocery store and see an ashy cross on the foreheads of all the other shoppers. Honestly, I felt kind of like an outcast, because I did not have ash. But, I started to see the beauty in the ashes.
Fellow Christians around me started fasting until Easter. They gave up something so they could focus on Christ.
Then the week of Easter, I would hear of the Stations of the Cross. People would go walk on these certain paths that represent Christ’s life.
I am sure that these rituals have become just that to some – just a tradition. But, to me, I was able to focus on Christ and the celebration that is unfolding.
Then on Easter morning, we would rise early, walk to our park and have sunrise service. All these events – would make my heart prepared to celebrate the real reason of Easter and I was able and wanted to shout “He is Risen!”
So when I see Easter, I want it to signify Christ and His resurrection!
That means when my kids open their Easter Basket – I want it to represent something meaningful!
Just a note:
I hope this list gives you a new perspective for your Easter Basket stuffers. Just let me say, there is no rule or law saying you even have to do a basket. Moms – don’t stress! Your kids would rather play a game of chase with you any day, than you to feel fizzled.
Easter Basket Stuffers That Have True Significance
- Scrolls with Bible Verses that are small enough to fit into an egg.
- I AM, Bible Stories about the Names of God (I’m giving this one away!)
- Special Hot Chocolate Mug
- Empty Cross Necklace
- A lamb. He is the Lamb of God!
- A Butterfly Stain Glass DIY Project
(A butterfly signifies a new creation, like we are in Christ!)
- Chronicles of Narnia Pop Up Book (Aslan the King represents God. Such a neat book!)
- Rock Pillows
Now these are kind of expensive and big for a typical basket but I like the idea of rocks or stones. In fact it represents one of my most favorite scriptures!
37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:
“ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
- Scented Markers
Sometimes thinking out the box helps with gifts. Fragrance has a way of sparking memories. When I smell fresh erasers, I am taken back to the first day of school. Everything is new and a do-over. Appealing to this sense is a way to make a fresh memory for your kids. Every time they open these markers and use them, they hopefully will reflect back to Easter morning!
I pray this is the best Easter ever for you and to focus on Him!
Blessings to you! You are loved!
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