Easter All Year Long by Mary Alford

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This year, because of family scheduling, my husband and I decided to have our Easter Celebration for our three granddaughters on Monday, the day after Easter.

With so much commercialism involved in Easter, I wanted to make sure that each of our activities reflected the greatest gift God gave us. His Son.

So here’s what we’ll be doing on Resurrection Monday. We’ll start out with an Easter egg hunt, but not just any hunt. We’ll be doing the Resurrection Easter egg hunt. For those of you unfamiliar, there are 12 eggs in the hunt. Each egg contains a symbol of Jesus’ journey to the cross inside and there’s a story to go along with each egg.

Then we’ll be doing the miracle of the snow…this one I made up because I figured only God could make it snow in Texas in April. We’ll be using the fake snow that you add water to and it doubles in size. The girls love that stuff.

Then we do Paw Paw’s fishing hole, (another favorite). The girls learn how to become fishers of men and along the way, they get some cool presents. One will be a bracelet with the Christian fish on it.

They’ll be other games during the day, but we always finish with our Walking with Jesus celebration.

We start with the birth of Jesus and then we reenact several of his miracles until we get to Palm Sunday and the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, (Paw Paw has graciously agreed to play Jesus).

All of our Walking with Jesus takes place in our pasture. We have trails set up for our four wheeler, so they make a nice place to walk with Jesus.

After Jesus enters Jerusalem, we follow him to the temple, then all the events that took place during the week until Spy Wednesday when Judas agreed to betray Jesus. Then on to Holy Thursday and the last supper. The garden of Gethsemane follows with the story of the Easter lilies. From there, the fake trials, Pilot agreeing to crucify Jesus, and to the cross for Good Friday. Then we go to the empty tomb for Resurrection Sunday where we read the story of the resurrection and the greatest gift of all.

Naturally, with having our celebration of the resurrection on Monday, it got me to thinking. Easter is such a special time of the year, so wouldn’t it be nice to keep it with us all year long? I know, we all remember the sacrifice that Jesus did for us by dying on the cross to save us, but with the bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to lose that wonderful feeling of awareness that Easter brings.

So this year, each day, I want to find ways to remember the greatest gift that was given to each of us that first Easter.

Wishing you a blessed Resurrection Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Mary Alford


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