I kind of view these years when my kids are little as years that I can practice and refine holiday traditions without too many consequences. For the most part, our kids are still pretty oblivious to typical holiday celebrations and I have the freedom to experiment with traditions without being locked into them. I also was able to breathe a sigh of relief that I made it one more year without fielding any questions about fictitious characters that come bearing gifts.
This year we did a really simplified recap of what happened each day of the week of the first Easter.
- Sunday – Watched “The Lord’s Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem.“
- Monday – Sang “I Love to See the Temple.” Since Jesus cleansed the temple.
- Tuesday – Told a story about Jesus.
- Wednesday – Told the kids Jesus rested. It’s assumed that’s what he did.
- Thursday – “Chatted” about the sacrament. (“Cooper you know how we get bread and water at church?” “Church! Water!” Looks around for a sippy cup. “Well that’s called the sacrament and Jesus taught that to his friends before he died.” Blank stare, continues looking for cup.)
- Friday – Talked about being sad because Jesus died.
- Saturday – Listened to a story about the symbolism of Easter. (Courtesy of a church party.)
- Sunday – Gave the kids new board books with pictures of Jesus before church. After church we talked about the resurrection using this lesson from Behold Your Little Ones.*
While it may sound impressive, everything was really concise and I was generally happy if Cooper said “Jesus” and smiled. I think that’s a good start. We also enjoyed egg hunts, new outfits, beautiful musical numbers (accompanied by my talented husband), Easter baskets, perfect springlike weather, and delicious foods.
*(We’d thought about watching our church’s Easter video, but even though it was really well done, we decided it might give our children nightmares. We’ll save that for when they’re older.)