After lots of great feedback and questions from my last post, I decided a follow up was a good idea.. you know so you could actually see what #reallife did. If you’re reading this wondering what an Easter basket follow up might mean, kindly head to the last post so this all makes a little more sense. In a nutshell, after some heart searching, I decided the Smith fam needed a redesign of our Easter festivities. Even though I’m a big kid when it comes to all the magic of celebrating any holiday, I wanted to take a more intentional approach this year. I wanted my kids to truly understand the meaning of the holiday and who we are celebrating. And so, we decided on “Blessing Baskets”.
I still had a decision to make, though. Do I give the Easter bunny a role at all? My daughter had already known about the Easter bunny and I didn’t want to take the magical part away completely. (You’ll have to read to the bottom to see what I decided on that) Also, in all honesty, I had already purchased some items for their baskets a month ago and didn’t really want to go return it. The purpose of this, after all, was to prioritize and be intentional about the reason for our celebrating…which is exactly what we did.
So here’s what it looked like for us this year…
1. We gathered rocks from our yard and painted them. I think this step would be best done on Good Friday. Symbolically, it makes sense to do it on the day of the crucifixion and logistically the paint has time to dry before you write on them and place them out Saturday night.
2. The next day when our rocks were dry, we talked about what sin is. I used examples they could understand and also talked about how Mommy and Daddy sin too. Next we talked about forgiveness and how to let go of yucky feelings and fears. Both of my kids, with a little guidance, were able to verbalize a few sin struggles and fears. It was cute to see their brains working and getting it. Each time we named something we wanted to “let go of”, I wrote it on a rock and put it in their basket. Afterward, we prayed and thanked God that He loves us so much that He sent His son to die for us and that we can live free of the things that weigh us down.
3. We left the baskets of rocks out on the playroom table Saturday night and thanked Jesus again for dying for our sins and for keeping His promise to rise again and be with us all the time. We thanked Him for always taking the “yucky stuff” in our hearts away and for blessing us abundantly.
4. I replaced the rocks with the “blessings”. I tried to keep these items realistic and practical, yet fun. I wanted each item to be usable and something that would bring the kids together or us together as a family. I also wrote this note to bring it full circle and reinforce the intention behind it all. They definitely got it and were so excited. I know people may have their own ideas about providing a letter that says it’s from Jesus. While I completely respect your right to your own opinion, I don’t feel one ounce of conviction. My intentions to help my kids understand the crucifixion and resurrection in a tangible way while still having some childhood magic were completely pure. So, no nasty comments here, please ;)
So, that’s it! Overall it was pretty easy and totally worth it. I felt like my kids “got it” and it helped all of us to keep focused this year. I hope you enjoyed getting a peek at how this went for us. There are a couple things I might tweak next year and as they get older, but overall I feel good about how it turned out and how well the kids did with understanding why we truly celebrate Easter. I hope your Easter celebration was blessed and that you have a wonderful week ahead!