It's not the eggs. Not the pretty, frilly dresses or pastel colors. Not even the bunnies and chocolate. Nope, Easter is all about the grave...the empty grave mind you, and the glorious hope that we have knowing Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead.
I was raised remembering our special Easter baskets and Easter egg hunts, both at church and at home (either ours or some family members). I always loved Easter, the fresh Spring air and colors, family gathered together, the fun egg hunt and these delicious peanut butter cupcakes that we seemed to have most years. I'm hoping my children will always love Easter as well.
We haven't done Easter baskets for the kids in years past. Honestly I didn't even think about it as they were so young still, but this year as they are nearing 2 and 4 years old I've decided to get them some special little Easter gifts and put them in baskets we have around the house.
For Miss Em she will receive a new little foam Princess book, some eggs with candies and a new little Easter bonnet hat.
McGee will be receiving a new Noah puzzle piece book and a couple other books about characters from the Bible (Zaccheus & Samson) that I picked up at a thrift store for 50 cents each. He will also receive some eggs with candy.
We don't have any real traditions yet, but we'll be enjoying an Easter egg hunt at a park on Monday with our Mom's Group friends, hoping to dye some eggs this week and we've been enjoying reading our Easter book and trying to help the kids understand why we are celebrating Easter and the Good News it brings (salvation).
It's amazing really how simple it is to receive salvation - young children understand and can comprehend it so easily and yet so many adults try to make it so complicated, distrust it or outright choose against it. A tragic loss for them (and the Kingdom of God). Are you celebrating the real reason for Easter this year or just the fun to be had with eggs, bunnies and loads of chocolate?
I'm linking up today to Frugal Easter Eggstravaganza to see what other savvy bloggers are doing for family traditions and celebrations this Easter.