Easter 2013 Round-Up

Rust & I truly want to live intentionally, to have holidays and everyday infused with true, deep meaning — and also very much fun. We are continually striving to answer this question well: what’s the best way for our family (not yours!) to celebrate Easter? Right now we are “rounding-up” different ideas for how to celebrate this day with our four-year-old, two-year-old, and soon-to-be one-year-old daughters.
Because a dear friend asked, here’s what we’re seeking to do:

Easter Baskets:

easter baskets

Since Anna was born, we have sought to make Easter not about candy or bunnies or whatever (though, don’t get me wrong, there’s chocolate to be had & eggs to be found!), we have chosen to try for make their Easter baskets encouraging, useful, & focused on God. I am so thankful for my generous parents who also love our girls & give fun stuff to go into their baskets, too — candy, books, stickers, bath crayons, and such. We typically give our girls Bibles, books, artsy stuff, bubbles, etc. Another idea would be to give music! : )

Here are some books we’ve given over the years: Sing-a-Story bookset, Questions from Little Hearts, Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers, The Very First Easter, Because I Love You, Sammy & His Shepherd, The Priest with Dirty Clothes.

Easter Books:

I have an Easter Advent Booklist on Amazon which I consult before we go to the library. If they don’t have the books I’m looking for, I try to request so they can get an inter-library loan or order them. We are also choosing a couple from this list this year to give to the girls in their Easter baskets.

Easter Playlist:

Here are what songs we have been enjoying on our Easter playlist: In Christ Alone, How Deep the Father’s Love, At the Cross, Jesus Paid it All, How Great Thou Art, Jesus Thank You, Hosanna, Hallelujah What a Savior, Christ is Risen, Death in His Grave, Come Ye Sinners, Wonderful Merciful Savior, & At the Foot of the Cross (Ashes to Beauty).

Meaningful Times with the Girls:

I want the following weeks to be filled with illustrative, impactful activities that do well to tell the Resurrection Story and all that we have been freely (!!!) given because of that! Here’s what we’re going to be doing:

I had a gift card to Barnes&Nobles leftover from Christmas, so this year I bought the Resurrection Eggs. There are many, many tutorials floating around Pinterest for how to make your own if you’d rather go that route! : )

Have I ever mentioned one of my favorite blogs, Our Family for His Glory? I love this woman’s heart for her family and how she seeks in all areas to put Christ & His Word on display & into her children’s hearts. We are basically going to do her Holy Week & Easter activities! : )

We will also probably make either some Resurrection Rolls or Easter Story Cookies, too.

I am working on an Easter chalkboard for a super-simple decoration. Having a little trouble deciding what to do because of all the wonderful verses & songs!

And…. I never get tired of this:

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