In keeping with my desire to remove joy from my children’s lives, the Easter bunny does not visit our house. (Neither does Santa or trick-or-treaters. I’m giving them great material for therapy later on.)
The kids don’t seem to miss him, though – probably because Ben’s birthday is April 8th, so there is plenty of cake and treats to go around at about that same time.
We dye eggs and that is about it, other than church on Good Friday and of course Sunday morning, followed usually by a fantastic brunch at a local hotel.
This year, Aaron has to work the holiday. A big BOOO from the family! Also, Tammie from our church showed a bunch of us some fun ways to celebrate Easter with our kids. I had high expectations of doing several of her suggested activities, but I think I’m gonna settle for two activities – hiding Resurrection eggs on Easter afternoon, and doing a hunt for items associated with Christ’s Crucifixion & resurrection based on a children’s book.
There are so many ideas online for making your own Resurrection eggs, I’m not even going to try to pick one to link to. Tammie’s set, however, goes all the way to Christ’s ascension with 2 dozen eggs, which I think is extra cool. There are two books you could use for the hunt, either instead of eggs or in addition: An Easter Hunt by Sarah Reid Chisholm (out of print!) or Benjamin’s Box by Melody Carlson.
By the way, if you are a contrary sort of person and think I’m being hypocritical by using pagan Easter eggs and slapping a Christian name on them, I’ll tell you the difference. Easter eggs have whites & yolks inside, and Resurrection eggs have symbols relating to scripture. So there.
This week I realized why Easter doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves at our house. 1) Ben’s birthday, also shared by my brother & sister (don’t think too hard, they’re twins) and 2) This is the 5th year I’ve directed our church youth group’s dinner theater production. So I’m a little frazzled and there are only so many events I can plan for in my head at once.
But I am trying to improve. I’ve even expanded my decorating from just the buffet in the kitchen to the mantle in the living room. No photos, because Pinterest has totally intimidated me.
Here it is, the big showdown of Easter symbols, the battle of the lambs versus the bunnies!
In the one corner, we have the lambs, as in “the Lamb of God”, and “The Lord is my shepherd.” They are cute, fuzzy baby animals who, albeit not the smartest of the animal world, are docile and mild and also provide us with wool.
In the other corner, we have rapid-reproducing overgrown rodents that ate my hostas and beans last year.
Which do YOU think I’m declaring the winner?