When I say Easter do you think of this ?
(Peanut at 9 months)
or do you think of this?
So often in our culture we put the emphasis on the worldly, the material. In the case of Easter it would be the basket, the bunny the new clothes and the food. There is nothing inherently wrong with these traditions but how do we shift the focus and celebrate Easter the HOLY Day instead of Easter the Holiday?
- Make attending mass or church together as a family the priority. That means the whole family, not just mom while the kids stay home because they are hyped up on candy.
- Mass comes before the baskets, many families wake up to the Easter baskets. We started right from the beginning with Mass first. While we were at mass the Easter Bunny would drop off the baskets for the kids to find. At our house the Easter Bunny drops off the goodies and Mom (me) reuses the baskets filling them and hiding them.
- Keep the TV off on Easter, send the kids outside to play, weather permitting.
- Make Resurrection Cookies – best done on Holy Saturday before.
- Take the Bunny out of the basket. Some churches have the tradition of Blessing Easter Baskets, this does not refer to the the candy baskets but rather a basket of food preparing Easter Dinner. Instead of chocolate bunnies in the basket include a lamb or crosses.
Now it is your turn. How do YOU put the emphasis on Christ in Easter and not the bunny?