Easter is a special holiday our family loves to celebrate. I have learned from past experiences if I wish to have a memorable Easter filled with meaningful family traditions, I must plan ahead. First I am going to share our family’s traditions followed by my Easter planning with a free checklist to prepare for your Easter.
Easter morning I love having an egg bake for breakfast to start our day. The night before I assemble the dish and on Sunday morning I put it in the oven after waking up. Because Easter is so special for us as a family we enjoying dressing up, which means extra time in the morning wrangling three small children. So having an egg bake prepared ahead of time is a stress buster! I plan on using the Holiday Breakfast Bake recipe I have used in the past from 100 Days of Real Food. Following breakfast we will go to church for Easter service which is the highlight of our day.
After church my husband and I set up for the egg hunt or maybe I should call it egg run and tackle for what really happens with the kids. For our family we hide both the resurrection eggs and eggs with treats throughout the house (especially if the backyard is a mud pit). Each resurrection egg holds a little symbol from part of the Easter story and the kids enjoy collecting the different pieces.
After searching and opening the eggs we put the resurrection eggs into story order as we talk about each item with the kids. As another option, starting two weeks before Easter many families hide and then search for a resurrection egg each day. On Easter Day they search for the last egg and then put the eggs into chronological order. Either way you are giving your kids a great memory. For a free printable version of the resurrection eggs idea check out Simply At Home’s post on Easter.
Afterwards the my husband reads the book, Lily’s Easter Party which also incorporates the resurrection eggs and is a wonderful way to tell the Easter story to active kids. I came across another great book, What is Easter by Phil Vischer (author of Veggie Tales) that will be added to their Easter basket this year. While reading to the kids we plan on a lot of interruptions, questions and wiggling around, so it is not a Hallmark moment but a sweet moment of being together.
Of course Easter luncheon whether at home or at a restaurant is a joy because we are together as a family, eating and talking about the day events. I will admit eating out is easier with young children however I love having a relaxed meal at home. Later in the day we will watch What’s in the Bible – Jesus is the Good News and What is Easter DVDs. These DVDs are so entertaining that my husband and I enjoy and learn from it as well.
Don’t you agree, when looking back to your childhood, it is often the holiday traditions that bring special memories? I want to establish these for my kids, to know the true meaning of Easter, to know God loves them and how much their parents love them.
So I need to make a checklist to help me plan out Easter. Maybe this will help you as well with your planning as well.
- 21 days (from Easter) Talk with my husband to confirm the family’s Easter plans
- 20 days Check with extended family on Easter plans
- 12 days Easter clothes shopping for the kids (Once Upon A Child is a great thrift shop we use)
- 11 days Check over Easter supplies at home:
- Resurrection Eggs
- Easter banner & decorations
- Easter books
- 10 days Order Easter Candy (we prefer candy with no artificial colors or flavors)
- 9 days Buy gifts for the kids Easter Resurrection baskets
- 8 days Make reservations for Easter lunch (you may need to reserve earlier depending on your choice)
- 5 days Plan out Easter breakfast and lunch with an ingredient shopping list
- 4 days Put up Easter decorations
- 3 days Wash and iron the family’s dress clothes for Easter
- 2 days Grocery shopping for Easter
- 1 day
- Assemble the Resurrection & treat eggs
- Assemble the Resurrection baskets
- Make the Egg Bake on Saturday night
- Prep food for the Easter luncheon -or-
- Email or text family/friends the reminder of restaurant reservations
- Easter Day!
- Put the egg bake in the oven
- Put out the Easter Resurrection baskets
- Hide the Resurrection & treat eggs
- Cook Easter luncheon or confirm your reservation
- Enjoy the rest of the day with your planned activities!
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