Thursday, April 21, 2011

Celebrating the True Meaning of Easter

I found this wonderful suggestion for an Easter Family Home Evening lesson today, and thought I'd share it with you all! We have been trying to make holidays more meaningful and less commercialized in our family...especially those sacred holidays which celebrate our Savior's life and love. Our kiddo's recently asked us if Santa and the Easter Bunny are real. We were caught off guard by this question, but we both looked at each other and just knew that we didn't want to lie to them. So...we told them that they are not real, but that they are a fun part of some very important holidays which celebrate our Savior. We then told them that our focus in our family, will be more about the real meaning of the holidays. We didn't elaborate any more than that. We basically told them that Santa and the Easter Bunny are like super heroes--like Spiderman or something. Our kiddo's know that Spiderman isn't really real. They haven't put two and two together quite yet, and haven't seemed to make the connection that the loot they get on Christmas and Easter mornings is from us, but we are prayerfully considering how we will help them to understand that. They crave truth. They are always asking if a certain something we read, is true or not. We want them to always know that we have been honest with them, while at the same time also being sensitive to them and also providing wonderful family memories to share. Happy Easter everyone! May we all take time with our families, to remember the true meaning of this wonderful holiday! - Family Chapter Detail - He Is Risen!

1 comment:

  1. When our kids started asking questions, we let them participate in it. They helped us wrap and set up at Christmas, etc. It really made them understand not only where it all comes from, but taught them a good lesson about service. We have tried to show that Christmas was all about service, not presents. We sort of feel like if they understand the meaning of service, they understand what Christ is. Hopefully it has helped them to understand.