If you’re searching for ways that you can have a more Christ-centered Easter, you’re not alone in your inquiries. Researching can be a tedious task. I have put together this list of simple tips and ideas that I call “7 Ways to have a more Christ-centered Easter.”
7 WAYS TO HAVE A MORE CHRIST-CENTERED EASTER
Easter is fast approaching. Stores have already transitioned their shelves from heart-shaped boxes of chocolate to chocolate shaped bunnies and baskets filled with cheap toys and candy.
Easter-themed products and Easter-themed entertainment in the form of commercials intoxicating the viewers with candy and episodes of our favorite television shows saturate our lives. Everywhere we look, we see the commercialization of Easter from a secular perspective.
Very few of those Easter products we see lining the shelves of stores have anything to do with the actual meaning of Easter– the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And, by the way, this is the most important Christian holiday.
The secular society has cheapened this amazing, Christian celebration and used it for their own profit. Certain companies have an agenda to squeeze the money out of every holiday and Easter is no exception. If a buck can be made, they will find a way.
What does Easter mean in the Bible?
You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to know that Easter represents the resurrection of Jesus. So how and why did the Easter bunny suddenly jump into our view and hippity-hoppity the focus away from Christianity? As most holidays celebrated around the world, each passing year tends to mean that the holiday becomes more and more “commercialized”. Stores now view holidays as a way to sell merchandise and food to mass amounts of consumers.
And consumers tend to fall into the trap because it’s the “norm” of our everyday society.
The other problem?
Many Christians also fall into the same trap. The focus is on what to put in children’s Easter baskets rather than teaching children the significance of holy week and this holiest of days. That significance is the foundation of our Christian faith! Christians all over the world have put their focus on materialistic things and activities rather than having the core of their faith be the center focus.
Why do parents (and everyone else, for that matter) keep falling into this trap?
Why can’t we dig ourselves out of the commercialized pit of greed and reflect on and embrace the Easter holiday?
I’m not saying Easter bunnies and egg hunts are bad. They can be fun! It’s great to get the kids together, stuff them full of chocolate, and encourage them to run off their sugar high on an egg hunt. They enjoy it and we have a great time doing it.
The issue is that most of the kids know about the Easter bunny by around age 3, but they know little about the resurrection. Easter has nothing to do with frilly skirts, miniature three-piece suits, candy, or a bunny who hops along the bunny trail.
How can you turn the focus back to the true meaning of Easter?
It’s not as hard as you might think. And it doesn’t mean that you have to give up on Easter Eggs hunts with your kids, either. All you need to do is find a balance where you can do both. Start your day giving thanks to the Lord and talking about the true meaning of Easter. Attend church and lenten services, have a nice family day, communicate about what you are appreciative of, and talk about the story of the resurrection of Jesus. Learn Easter Scriptures to memorize during this season and possibly do it as a family. Then, once that is established and understood, have fun with your Easter traditions as a family!
Go on an Easter Egg hunt, dye Easter Eggs, open Easter baskets if you want…but make certain that you take the appropriate amount of time to remember our Savior and Lord and the true meaning of Easter.
How do we solve this dilemma? How do we make Easter more Christ-centered? Here are 7 simple and easy tips that will help:
Be kind. Jesus was kind to us by taking our place on the cross. He also taught us through His Word how to treat each other. Show your kindness to others and be a guiding light for the lost.
Love your family. You have been blessed with family and friends. Love them. Call them up and tell them you’re thinking about them or invite them to Easter dinner. Take time and care.
Take time on Easter to go to your church service. Even if you’re not attending a church regularly, take the family to hear the most important Easter message.
Resurrection Eggs. There are 12 eggs in a carton and each has a different message. You can make these with your kids or purchase them here. I like these because the kids can color and interact with them! For the sheer convenience, you can also obtain them as part of the bundle at the end of the post! (or you can check out Egglo Glow In The Dark Eggs!)
Study the Resurrection with Grapevine Studies! Get more info here.
Other resources for Resurrection Day that our family loves.
With Easter quickly approaching, this is your year to take charge and remind yourself and your family about the real meaning of Easter. Read the Bible together, talk about the verses and start your Easter day worshiping and praising the Lord. You’ll not only show your children that Easter is so much more than bunnies and candy, but you’ll also show them that it’s okay to be different from others and make the day about their faith.
Celebrating Easter today and rejoicing in the resurrection of Jesus is one family tradition that you can enjoy for many years to come!