Easter will soon be here. Stores have already transitioned their shelves from heart-shaped boxes of chocolate to chocolate shaped bunnies and baskets filled with cheap toys and candy. Easter themed products and Easter themed entertainment in the form of commercials intoxicating the viewers with candy and episodes of our favorite television shows saturate our lives. Everywhere we look, we see the commercialization of Easter from a secular perspective.
Very few of those Easter products we see lining the shelves of stores have anything to do with the actual meaning of Easter– the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And, by the way, this is the most important Christian holiday.
The secular society has turned this amazing, Christian celebration and used it for their own profit. Certain companies have an agenda to squeeze the money out of every holiday and Easter is no exception. If a buck can be made, they will find a way.
The other problem?
Many Christians also fall into the same trap. The focus is what to put in children’s Easter baskets rather than teaching children the significance of this holy day. That significance is the foundation of our Christian faith!
Why do parents (and everyone else, for that matter) keep falling into this trap? Why can’t we dig ourselves out of the commercialized pit of greed and reflect on and embrace the Easter holiday?
I’m not saying Easter bunnies and egg hunts are bad. They can be fun! It’s great to get the kids together, stuff them full of chocolate and encourage them to run off their sugar high on an egg hunt. They enjoy it and we have a great time doing it.
The issue is that most of the kids know about the Easter bunny by around age 3, but they know little about the resurrection. Easter has nothing to do with frilly skirts, miniature three-piece suits, candy or a bunny who hops along the bunny trail.
How do we solve this dilemma? How do we make Easter more Christ-centered? Here are 7 simple and easy tips that will help:
- Be kind. Just was kind to us by taking our place on the cross. He also taught us through His Word how to treat each other. Show your kindness to others and be a guiding light for the lost.
- Love your family. You have been blessed with family and friends. Love them. Call them up and tell them you’re thinking about them or invite them to Easter dinner. Take the time and care.
- Take time on Easter to go to your church service. Even if you’re not attending a church regularly, take the family to hear the most important Easter message.
- Resurrection Eggs. There are 12 eggs in a carton and each have a different message. You can make these with your kids or buy them here. I like these because the kids can color and interact with them! For the sheer convenience, you can also obtain them as part of the bundle at the end of the post! (or you can check out Egglo Glow In The Dark Eggs!)
- Study the Resurrection with Grapevine Studies! Get more info here.
- Take time to reflect on Christ. What is He doing in your life? Take time and spend it with Him.
- Discover real spiritual growth with Easter-themed Bible studies, activities and home decor for women, couples and families! Want to learn more? Click here!
Christ-Centered Easter Resources is an amazing way to make your Easter all about HIM! You can choose between different categories, such as home decor, women, marriage or family or you can get the whole bundle. If you are looking for a way to have a fuller Easter season, this is for you.
Other resources for Resurrection Day that our family loves.