If you're hoping to celebrate a Christ-centered Easter, start now by planning a few activities that you'd like to implement.

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer

When I was little, we always attended my grandmother’s church on Good Friday. They were Lutheran, and it was a somber, holy service. (Except for the time we sang a hymn with the line “I am but a worm” and we giggled all the way home. Until we were punished…)

Anyway, the part I will never get out of my head, as long as I live, was the end of the service. The room would get completely dark, and my uncle would come up with a hammer and bang a handful of nails into a wooden board. All you heard – a deafening bang, bang, bang of the hammer. With each blow, it all seemed uncomfortably…real.

Honestly, it was a good thing.

It made us remember, and be grateful, and – realize how special Easter was. Now that I have little ones, I want my little ones to “get it,” too. One thing I’ve been really surprised about since becoming a mom (among a long list of things, of course) is how these holidays never cease to sneak up on you and disappear before you hardly have a chance to make a batch of cookies. I feel like by the time I finally get around to hanging up the Christmas tree stand, there’s eleven days to Easter and I haven’t even mentioned it to my kids.

It takes a lot of conscious, dedicated work to celebrate the holidays in the right way with with our kids. But it’s worth it.

This year I rounded up some ideas for celebrating a Christ-centered Easter. Start now planning a few that you’d like to implement, and be sure to share other ideas that were (or are) meaningful to you in the comments!

Here are some ways to make Easter Baskets meaningful:

If you're hoping to celebrate a Christ-centered Easter, start now by planning a few activities that you'd like to implement.

I love these ideas for celebrating with Easter foods:

A few crafts and projects I found interesting (and do-able!)

If you're hoping to celebrate a Christ-centered Easter, start now by planning a few activities that you'd like to implement.

Image courtesy of Kojo Designs

Finally, don’t forget to share the Easter story!

  • Include your favorite Easter verses in your letter to a sponsored child.
  • Deliver home-baked goods and an Easter card to neighbors. (We did this last year and our neighbors seemed to love it. We wrote out John 10:10 on the cards.)
  • Mail Easter-decorated cookies to friends and family.

So, how about you … how do you celebrate a Christ-centered Easter?

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