Traditions are great and if you have children one of things that you can do to make the big holidays of the year more memorable is to create traditions. With that in mind, what traditions will you be celebrating this Easter? Will they be filled with Easter Egg Hunts, toys, candy? If you asked your kids what they’re favorite part of Easter is, would they say, the amount of eggs they collected, or the toys that they got! If you asked them what the meaning of Easter is, would they even know?
What if this year, you decided to change one thing, or create a new tradition to teach your kids about the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. There are age appropriate books and movies that can help them understand, and know the real reason that we celebrate “Easter”. Here are a few excellent resources to check out:
· The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation—and at the center of their story too.
· VeggieTales® 'Twas the Night Before Easter (DVD) When news spreads that singing sensation Cassie Cassava is arriving to perform in her hometown church's Easter service, Marlee gets worried. Concerned about the competition, she schemes to steal the starlet for her own pageant! But when things go haywire, will it be curtains for Marlee's dreams, or will she discover the true meaning of Easter and what helping others is really all about?
· The Passion of The Christ (DVD) is a powerful movie! It focuses on the last twelve hours of Jesus's life. The film begins in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Jesus must resist the temptations of Satan. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus is then arrested and taken within the city walls of Jerusalem where leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy and his trial results in a condemnation to death.
Get creative; come up with your own family traditions! Build a cross out of pennies. Buy your teenagers a new bible! Just spend some time doing and sharing the things that they love to do. But let them know the real reason that we celebrate Easter!