Easter has happened upon us in a very last-minute manner this year. Usually we plan a fun day and dinner weeks in advance with my family, but they are enjoying the sunshine and beaches of Florida and visiting my sister right now. I. AM. SO. JEALOUS. Seriously. ::cue the waterworks::
In the spirit of keeping things Christ-centered around easter time, we skip the egg hunting, easter baskets, and the like. But we are still trying to create our own family culture and our own traditions. It's important to Trevor and I to celebrate the Resurrection and the gospel in meaningful and simple ways. We see Easter as the culmination of Christmas; the baby Jesus who was born in a stable reaching the climax of His earthly ministry - the redemption of mankind through the saving work of the cross.
Here's a few simple ways we are celebrating the Resurrection this year:
No-bake + Clean-eating Nest Cookies - Daniel is SO into "helping" mama cook right now, and these were super fun to make and took about 15 minutes to put together. He really enjoyed getting to mix and sample to coconut flakes, and I let him put sprinkles on top (which are not clean eating, I know.) If you want these to be gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free, just leave off the mini Cadbury eggs - although I will admit they are my absolute favorite easter candy.
PS - the original goal was to make empty tomb rolls, but they require marshmallows and I didn't want to run to the store. These were much simpler!
Simplified Resurrection Eggs - It took me about 30 minutes to put together these toddler-friendly resurrection eggs, and I think we will be enjoying these for years to come! There's only 6 eggs, instead of 12, and the items that go inside are really basic. Get my free printable with verses over here and make your own!
Fresh Flowers For Easter Morning - This is a tradition my mom started years ago. She always leaves the house pretty drab and dark from Good Friday until Easter Sunday. We'd wake up to a fresh breakfast and pretty flowers on the table, which is something I'd like to continue doing!
Tell me about your traditions in the comments below! What ways do you focus on the Resurrection at easter-time? I'd love to hear about your experiences and traditions!