Many moms share a dirty little secret about Easter. It’s a hassle. As a child, Easter meant the excitement of baskets crammed with candy and small trinkets. It meant new, fluffy twirly dresses with shiny patent leather shoes, and maybe brunch with relatives or a restaurant. As a mother, Easter can mean a lot of strife.
It means getting everyone the exact same amount of candy and goodies (or there will be tears). It means getting everyone with their hair combed and teeth brushed and stain-free out the door to church on time. It means barely having time to get ready yourself. We’d like to sail into church looking like serenity personified in robins egg blue with darling pumps to match. Instead we feel like bedraggled hags who have just spent the last hour screeching at our kids and husband.
And where’s the medal for the mother who after all this, goes home to create a fun-filled, egg hunt (with equal opportunity for all) and then whips up a lovely Easter brunch or dinner for her family and extended kin? Whew.
Sounds sacrilegious, doesn’t it? Jesus rose from the dead, but we don’t want to face the day and get out of bed. Particularly for mothers, Easter can be a headache.
So how can we savor this most holy of days on the Christian calendar and not get run down or all-consumed with creating the Pinterest-perfect experience?
Here are three quick and simple ways to cut through the exasperation and expectations this Easter day and make it more meaningful.
Easter Dinner Discussions
So you didn’t decorate the house and have heartfelt Lenten devotions every Sunday around the dinner table. You can still have a heartfelt and meaningful discussion about the resurrection on the day. Just like at Thanksgiving where many families go around the table and ask what they are thankful for, we can say what Easter means to us. To help focus the responses in the right direction, each person could begin with: “Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead…”
Parents could start the discussion with “Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I will see my grandparent again in heaven!” Or, “Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I’m forgiven for yelling at my family.” Vulnerability and honesty build trust and faith in the hearts of your children. Practical, daily examples of sins and bad attitudes being forgiven will make the message hit home. To further illustrate the point, you could hand everyone a nail at the table. Placing each one in a bowl as the discussion winds around the table is a very graphic and memorable illustration of what price He paid for our sins.
Watch an Easter video with the family. The dishes can soak. Just sit and watch a VeggieTales video (‘Twas the Night Before Easter or An Easter Carol). Although our son is now 12 my husband and I still laugh at the clever comments and antics of these faith-affirming videos. Or if your children are older, the JesusFilm Project has their world famous video, The Jesus Film available here on DVD for $5.00. They also have a Blu-Ray disc for $10.00.
Free Easter Scavenger Hunt!
Your children can use this free list to find simple items around the house that walk them through the Easter story. After all the items are gathered, sit down and go through them in order talking about what happened. Bonus points if you use your Bible to read through the events in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
Don’t let the hoopla and expectations around Easter rob you of the realization that “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). Meaning, despite your sour attitude, resentment, bad parenting, past mistakes or any sin that trips you up—you can be warmly welcomed by God through Jesus Christ. He sees your heart mama, and He tenderly loves you and wants you to relax into the peace of knowing it is finished.