Easter All Year Long

Tulips at Temple Square in Salt Lake City
Tulips at Temple Square in Salt Lake City | Source


I remember as a child, being so excited about Easter. I always got new clothes, including a dress, bonnet, purse, shoes and socks. I also woke up to find a basketful of goodies from the Easter bunny. My favorite were the pastel colored peeps and jellybeans. I also enjoyed coloring the Easter eggs and hunting for them with the other children.

As I matured, I gained an understanding of the real meaning of Easter, and why we celebrate it each year. It is easy these days to get caught up in the fun activities of the day, and forget the history and purpose of this holiday. How can we teach our children and grandchildren about Easter?

Easter morning with my new clothes when I was three years old.
Easter morning with my new clothes when I was three years old. | Source

Easter ought to be a time of reflection, meditation, and appreciation. These are not easy things to teach children, but it is possible to help them learn about the Savior, Jesus Christ.

The children can do their egg coloring and hunting on Saturday so they can spend their time in worship on Sunday. Coloring books or Easter workbooks can keep them quiet and reflective.

A great gift for their Easter basket would be a book or video about the true meaning of Easter.


Some children have the idea that Easter is a grim holiday, because we talk about when Jesus died. You can sweetly explain that Easter is not a celebration of His death, but of His resurrection. He made it possible for all of us to live again after we die. Because he was God's son, He was able to triumph or win over death, and so can we.

Post the scripture so the children can see: John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Explain to them that his gift to us was what makes Easter special. All other things we receive are just to remind us of Him. The miracle of the atonement is for everyone.

It is easy to get distracted with the secularization of Easter seen in the stores and in the media. By focusing on Jesus and His resurrection, you can have a day free or worldly distractions.

You can go on a walk on Easter and focus on the rebirth of nature that happens in spring. If you live where there are four seasons, it is often very easy to see new life in flowers, plants and trees after a cold winter (unless it is still snowing). I have fond memories of visiting Salt Lake Temple Square in spring and seeing all the beautiful new tulips they had planted.

Going to church on Easter Sunday is a way of showing gratitude to God for all that He has given us. Many people feel that it is just another holiday, and spend their time camping, playing sports or participating in other activities. It is good to teach your children faith and self discipline by encouraging them to do what they feel is right.

Another important thing that can be taught during Easter is service to others. By preparing a special meal or baked goods and taking flowers or a gift to someone will cheer them up and remind them of the gift Jesus gave to us all. Encourage the children to do something special for someone who is not expecting it. Giving service on Easter can become a family tradition and leave a lasting impression.

Singing happy spring songs and hymns or listening to inspiring music can be part of Easter also. Express your feelings of love for your children on this special day and share your feelings about Jesus.

Scripture reading together can inspire and help children understand more about Jesus' activities before, during and after he was resurrected:

  • Matthew 28:1-20
  • Mark 15:42-47
  • Mark 16:1-20
  • Luke 24:1-53
  • John 19:38-42
  • John 21:1-25

Great Easter gift for children - buy some jellybeans and plastic eggs. Make sure you have one of each color represented on the card.
Great Easter gift for children - buy some jellybeans and plastic eggs. Make sure you have one of each color represented on the card. | Source

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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks for stopping by HealthyHanna. Thanks for your comments.


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HealthyHanna 4 years ago from Utah

Finally the Easter Bunny has some competition!! Beautiful thoughts. Thanks.


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you tillsontitan. I pretty much look the same as I did back then, just older. Yes, nature speaks of God.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

So much beauty and truth in this hub. We can't lose sight of the true meaning of Easter...even pagans can see the rebirth in nature! I agree it is so important to teach our children and grandchildren so they can know the wonder of God and the supreme sacrifice of Jesus! I do love your Easter bonnet! Voted up and useful.


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Yes, I guess that is why just bought some things to give to my grandchildren. I hope they will one day come to appreciate the Atonement and what it means. Thank you.


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I totally agree with you randomcreative. Thanks for your comments.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

To me Easter is about giving and celebrating new life! God is the ultimate giver and we're to follow His example. And expressing our thankfulness to God for His priceless gift of "new life" is another main thought I have about Easter!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great inspiration for Easter, Elayne! It is so important to take time and reflect on what this day truly means for us.


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

That is great Dave Mathews, that you feel all those positive feelings towards Easter. You said it much better than I did. Hope you have a wonderful Easter.


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

I appreciate your insight Dbro. Glad that you enjoyed it. It does seem like we have lost sight of the true meaning of some holidays, including Easter and Christmas. Thank you.


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Ah shucks diogenes, thanks. I hope you enjoy a peaceful Easter, however you choose to spend the day. I haven't been to Mexico yet, but hope to one day.


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

elayne: Nicely written. Rather than seeing Easter as a time of reflection though, I see it as a period of Joy, Happiness, and Elation, for I am reminded that I could never look forward to being with my Father God, if it were not for the crucifixion and resurrection o f Jesus. I could never see "Home" again. Now that would be sad!


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Dbro 4 years ago from Texas, USA

A very nice hub, Elayne. Thanks for sharing your story of faith with us. Many today do not go to church regularly, so the religious holidays have lost much of their meaning and significance in society's eyes. I think it is important to share the meaning behind these holidays with our children and to be a role model for them in terms of church attendance. Thanks again for bringing this topic to our attention


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Nice hub. I don't do god, Elayne, but can appreciate the beauty of some of the cermonies. Easter is huge in Mexico, even bigger that Christmas, and I lived there for many years.

You wuz a cute little bundle, weren't you!

Bob

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