It’s easy to be joyful on Easter. Lent is over and the Lord has risen. All is right with the world! But, sometimes, it’s all too easy to enjoy Easter baskets (edible or otherwise!) and do some other special things Easter week, and then go back to “normal”. Nothing could be further from the truth of Easter! Things NEVER go back to normal after the Resurrection. Christ has triumphed, and the joy of that triumph lives forever. Of course, we can’t go on celebrating Easter all year long, but at least we can make sure we keep celebrating it for the full 40 days! Here are a few ideas to help you extend your Easter celebration!
- Assign every family member a Sunday during the Easter season. That family member has to prepare a family Easter celebration for that day. It could be a picnic in the park, flying kite, making Easter cookies together, or anything else you can come up with!
- Easter table decorations. Having Easter decorations around the house for the full 40 days is a simple way of reminding people, every day, that it’s still Easter. If you have kids that love arts and crafts, making an Easter centerpiece and designing Easter placemats for the season will be fun activity of its own as well.
- Easter “Good Morning” napkins. When I was a child, my mother used to make “Good Morning” napkins for us on special days. It only takes a few minutes, and always really brightened my morning! It would be very easy to put an Easter twist on this idea and have special Easter napkins periodically throughout the Easter season.
- Easter trivia contest. Tell your kids in advance that you’ll be having an Easter trivia contest during the second or third week of Easter. Identify some things you want them to study, such as the history of Easter celebrations in the Church, and Bible passages related to the Resurrection. Remind them periodically to keep studying, and then enjoy the contest! It could be as simple as you asking different questions that they have to answer, or you could choose to run it like a game show (Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, etc.). If you have older children, they could help you design a game show and make the needed supplies.
- Spread your Easter treats out! Easter cookies, Easter cake, Easter candy, Easter cinnamon buns… Instead of having them all Easter week, spread them out to give your kids special treats to look forward to throughout the season (a bonus: this is better for their teeth too!).
- Spread the Easter cheer. Pick a day to go as a family to an elderly home, orphanage or other charity. Prepare a presentation in advance about Easter – you might make something to bring them, sing Easter hymns with them and share a little about your family’s Easter traditions and why the feast is so significant to you.
If anyone has more ideas, please share them in the comments so we can all learn from each other.
Wishing all of you a wonderful and blessed Easter!