Easter Traditions-Is your Easter Advent Calendar ready? If not, I’m here to help!

23 Mar

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, which kicks off the Passion Week. This is one of the most significant weeks of the year for followers of Christ. This is a wonderful week to dive into Scripture with your family. Are you like I usually am–wishing you could do something this year but don’t have everything ready to “pull it off?” If not, no sweat! I’m here to encourage you to go for it! Just like the pep talk I gave us before Christmas Advent started (Yes, I needed it, too!), I thought an Easter Advent pep talk would be good for us as well!

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DIY EASTER BANNER–You can do it!
Maybe you decided that the Easter Advent calendar #1 (journeying through the 40 days of Lent) was too much for this year, but guess what? There’s another option–Easter Advent calendar #2 from HeartFELT Truths! I reviewed her Easter Advent calendar here. It’s wonderful, amazing, hands on, and perfect to use with children! This will be our first year to use it, and I’m sooooooo excited! On her site, Whitney shares the patterns and instructions (FOR FREE!) so that you can DIY your own Easter Banner (isn’t she the BEST?!?!? Thank you, Whitney!). To find the instructions go here; you’ll find them by scrolling to the bottom of the post. All you need is a little felt and glue! She designs her using a dowel rod which enables you to hang it up for use and display. However, if that’s too much or too complicated, use clothes pins and hang them on a clothes hanger, which you could hang from a doorway or on a nail on the wall. I promise your children won’t care if it’s mounted to a dowel rod or clothes pinned to a hanger. They’ll simply love the time that you’re spending together as a family reading Scripture together.

One of my readers used the HeartFELT Truths Christmas Advent calendar. She wrote to me and indicated that there is no script to read along with the Easter Banner (unlike the Christmas Advent calendar). So, one option is to read each story directly from Scripture. I, also, thought that you could use your favorite Children’s Bible to read along with the stories highlighted in the Easter Banner. Of course, my first thought was the Jesus Storybook Bible, which is currently $1.99 for the Kindle version on Amazon (offer expired. Current price is $3.99)!

DIY Easter Banner–Option #2
If making the Easter Banner out of felt is intimating, make your own! Buy a piece of poster board, make your own ornaments based on the events of the Passion Week. Have your child tape them daily to the poster board as you read each story from Scripture! My new friend Shannon had the cutest idea for making ornaments for the 40 Day Easter Devotion Guide that I featured on my blog. You could even use Shannon’s ornament idea to incorporate into a Passion Week Easter Banner.

DIY Easter Banner–Option #3  Resurrection Eggs
So, if you’re not crafty or don’t have time to create an Easter Banner, another wonderful option is Resurrection Eggs. No time or craftiness required! You can find them at a local Christian bookstore or order them here from Amazon. We used these when my boys were younger, and they absolutely adored them! The set that we bought included a pamphlet with a instructions for which passage to read daily to go along with the eggs. We actually made our own in my 3 and 4 year old Sunday School class two weeks ago, and the children were enamored with them! Here are instructions for DIY Resurrection Eggs. This is another great option for a daily, reading together as a family Easter tradition.

Easter Traditions Pep Talk
You have options, so never fear! So, if this is the year that you’ve wanted to start an Easter tradition, go for it! For all of you perfectionists out there (like myself), don’t feel like you have to have your Easter Banner completely made by tomorrow. Remember that you can make one ornament a day, and you’ll be fine! You can even include your children in the “ornament making” experience, so the pressure won’t completely be on you. (I promise they’ll love it!) If making an Easter Banner is intimidating or not possible this year, run out to your nearest Christian bookstore and buy Resurrection Eggs! No matter what you chose to do this week, enjoy Passion Week with your family! Even if you don’t have anything “crafty” or “hands on,” that’s okay! Giving our children the opportunity to daily hear Scripture is enough. When you think about the power of God’s Word to make a dead sinner’s heart come alive, isn’t reading Scripture together one of the greatest, most powerful gifts that we can give our children?

May you make and enjoy sweet memories with your family as you center your hearts, minds and thoughts on Jesus Christ this week!

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4 Responses to “Easter Traditions-Is your Easter Advent Calendar ready? If not, I’m here to help!”

  1. thehomeschoolmomblog March 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Thank you for sharing! We do have the Resurrection Eggs, but had never thought about an advent calendar. What a lovely idea!

  2. i have no greater joy March 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    We’ve LOVED the Family Lenten Devo Guide that you shared taking us through the 40 days of Lent! Thank you and Faye Maynard so very much! It has been a wonderful way to focus on the Reason for Easter! We also did a fun Christian Easter Hunt telling the story of Jesus’ last days on Earth that someone might enjoy… http://ihavenogreaterjoy.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/a-christian-easter-hunt-telling-the-story-of-jesus-last-days-on-earth-printable/ We hunted for palm branches, marshmallows, olives, old shoes, scented body wash, chocolate coins….. It requires just a little prep and tells the story of this upcoming Holy Week in a meaningful way!

    Thanks for all that you “share”, Suzanne! Happy Easter to your family!

    • Suzanne Shares March 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      Thanks for sharing!!! This is a fabulous idea!! 🙂 So thankful to have found your blog! 🙂 So glad that you guys have enjoyed the Lenten Devotion Guide. 🙂

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