Three easy Easter traditions that my family could never do without? They’ve been part of our Easter celebrations since the girls were too young to even understand their significance. But in simple ways they help even little ones get a glimpse of the immensity of Christ’s amazing love. Read on for all the details.
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Since yet another blizzard hit our New England homestead this week, we have yet to dig all the way out from the foot of snow it dumped on us. Sadly, the continual drop in temperatures means no sap is flowing–with peak day temps not nearing the necessary 40-degree mark. Without warmer days (alongside freezing nights) no pressure builds up in the trees, the sap is lethargic, and our maple syrup “operation” is on hold. In fact, to date, we have only collected enough sap to make eight small jars of maple syrup.
So this week, while we dig out from the snow, watch the mallards stop in at our homestead along their spring migration route, and eagerly wait for warmer daytime temperatures, I’m putting together a post for you about our reverse osmosis filter–how to build one and why you would want one for DIY maple syrup production.
Take a minute to catch up on my ongoing DIY maple syrup series. And read on for three Easter traditions my family could never do without.
Dying Eggs All-Naturally
Every year, many weeks before Easter, the hankering starts. My daughters start debating about a new way to do a favorite, old tradition–Easter egg dying. But to date, by far, our most favorite options have involved all-natural dyes. Thankfully, the hens provide lots of “canvases” for us to experiment on. Read this post–All-natural Easter eggs–for more details.
How do naturally-dyed eggs point to Christ?
Christ’s sacrifice is something very unnatural and so undeserved, but through His sacrifice we can have new life. An egg beautifully portrays new life. And in God’s beautifully designed nature we can find so many ways to make our eggs–and our lives–bright and colorful.
There’s also the wonderful idea that parents love hiding eggs for their children to find, the same way Christ loves “hiding” blessings in our days, we just have to look hard sometimes before we see them and recognize that they are blessings indeed.
Making a Coconut Bunny Cake
A day or two before Easter, we then have to make THE cake. It was a tradition my mother always carried on with my daughters, a tradition from my own childhood. A tradition of the bunny-shaped coconut cake. If you haven’t already made one of these for yourself, you’ll be surprisingly shocked at how easy it is. Simply make 2 round cakes. Use one for the bunny’s face, then cut the second to form the bunny’s bowtie and his ears. Icing, cover with coconut, and decorate however your heart desires.
How does a bunny-shaped cake point to Christ?
When my children were little, I never wanted thoughts of the Easter bunny to take their focus off of Christ’s sacrifice that is the very reason we celebrate. Yet the bunny was everywhere. I decided to make thoughts of the Easter bunny always point them back to Christ. So I thought them at a very young age that bunnies were very fertile, explaining this meant they gave birth to new babies many times a year and that each time they had lots of babies. (Now that we live on a homestead where we raise bunnies, this idea is, of course, quite obvious.) So bunnies represent new life. Abundant new life.
I would often go on to explain that when we believe in Jesus, we are reborn and have a new life. An abundant new life.
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Savoring Resurrection Cookies
On Easter Eve, we get out our Resurrection Cookie directions. Read more about Resurrection Cookies in this post.
How do meringue cookies point to Christ?
Every step of the way, with each new ingredient that you add to your cookies, there is a new Bible verse to read and a new lesson to learn that points to Christ.
I also learned, on our first Easter in our new life as rural homesteaders, that life on a farm is, in many ways, an allegory for Easter. I realized that an average day on a farm–not unlike Easter Sunday–can make someone realize God’s provisions and faithfulness in the midst of life’s difficulties and hard work. You can read more about that on this post.
And if you’d like a simple, easy-to-follow, but wonderfully detailed unit study to work through with your family this Easter, I can’t recommend this eBook enough: The Bunny, the Egg & the Cross. Nadine has created a wonderful resource here for young families. I truly wish I had had this little treasure when I had elementary-age children. Back then, I spent weeks and weeks pulling together resources not nearly as helpful and detailed as Nadine’s. Read Nadine’s description of her eBook here.
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