The Easter holidays are fast approaching so naturally thoughts are forming as to how best to celebrate this festival with the kids. As with Christmas, I’ve been concerned that Katie knows a bit too much about chocolate and bunny rabbits, rather than the actual meaning of Easter.
Whilst we’re not a particularly devout family, we do attend church from time to time and I do actually have a degree in Theology. But how on earth do you explain Easter to a three year-old? Especially a three year-old who sobbed her heart out through the entirety of ‘Tangled’ because the bad woman took the baby and tried to hurt people.
Can you imagine how this conversation would go?
“So… do you remember about Jesus?”
“Mary rode on a donkey and had a baby!”
“Yes! That Jesus! He grew up to be a really good man. But then some bad people came to arrest him.”
“The Kings bought him presents!”
“Yes… but he grew up and he was taken away by bad people.”
“Well because they weren’t very nice.”
” I think they were probably jealous. But they were so bad that they killed him and he died.”
“At the hospital?”
“No, he they nailed him to a tree so he died through blood loss, suffocation and exhaustion… oh and he was tortured and mocked along the way.”
For a child fearful of not only Tangled, but Frozen, the Postman Pat movie, and even Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures… I can’t see this going well.
However, that’s not to say that I don’t want to focus on the underlying message of Easter.
The whole tenement of the Christian faith lays upon the idea that Christ died for the sake of humanity – ‘so that they may not perish but have eternal life.’ The focus here is upon LIFE not death.
Right now, at this point in my kids lives I see little need to focus upon the idea of sin, death or anything but love and life.
When I was growing up Easter was probably bigger than Christmas in our household. There were many Church services to attend but each one was so different – from the excitement of waving leaves on Palm Sunday to marching round the town for the ‘walk of witness’ on Good Friday.
I’m not sure how common this is but several streets in the town would be closed to traffic as all the church came together to walk through the streets before attending a single church service forgetting about any division of denomination. It was pretty cool.
As a young child I’m pretty sure the content of the services went over my head entirely, but I can remember the fun of Easter Egg hunts and the buzz on Easter morning far more than anything else. However, all this excitement translated into much more as I became older.
I can also remember decorating the Easter Garden. I can remember creating (and learning about) pictures of the events leading up to Good Friday. I’ll never forget being gobsmacked watching the vicar wash the feet of parishioners.
My point is that Easter is a gradual thing – you don’t have to learn about it all in one go. For non-Christians you may not want to embrace this side of things at all. Either way, I think this year I want to focus on creating an exciting time for my kids that centres on the idea of new life and the hope that it brings.
I have many a craft and activity already forming in my mind (so watch this space) but without a doubt – I want to have a tree!
Why does Christmas have to have a monopoly on trees? I want an Easter tree, celebrating life, decorated with eggs.
But what sort of eggs?
There is no reason an Easter devoid of crucifixes needs to be replaced with foil wrapped, synthetic hideousness when personalised ceramic eggs are on the horizon!
Crafted by the lovely Gayle MacKinley, I can’t imagine how these would not fail to delight both discerning adults and small children – especially those excited to see there name on special things!
Gayle lives in Thornhill near Stirling with her two wee girls, Katie (great name) and Isla, and her husband Grant. I have no idea where she finds the time to craft these eggs but I think she’s succeeded in creating objects of absolute beauty. Please do check them out on Gayle’s Etsy page.
PPS. This is not a sponsored post – I just think the eggs are really pretty!
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