It’s a busy week – especially when I suddenly remembered my desire to make Easter as meaningful to our children as our celebration of Christmas. So, added to the business in the studio (working on 5 Easter dresses, between mine and my sewing girls’), I decided I wanted to celebrate Passover with a Messianic Seder dinner in our home, plus hot crossed buns for Sunday and trying to get to see a Passion Play before the week is out.
Yeah. I need to plan better next year.
Meanwhile, we postponed Seder till next week (totally un-authentic but it will still be meaningful) and I’m not making myself a new Easter dress. With that simplified list of activities, I did make a few moments this morning to tell the story of the Triumphal Entry to my kids. We read the story in our favorite Bible Story Book, then acted it out…
(Let me just apologize right here that Mary’s bad hair day!)
(Please note – this is my first ever vlog – I know it leaves much to be desired, but I felt like I’d never start if I waited till I could make a ‘perfect’ video! Laura, and her “I can learn from this” attitude was my inspiration! Check out her blog for some really great vlogs she does with her kids!)
Well, not quite 3D, Anneloes, but a bit more lively than a still photo! 🙂
Kateri – I remember! Your family really did Easter justice. Still remember sunrise service in the pines…
Jendi, thanks for your encouragement! You know I wouldn't be doing this without you!
Diane, I played with my dollhouse until I was 16, and I am not ashamed!!! Sounds like we should add king herod to our set next year. 🙂
I love it Trina! We have had that same set for years and my kiddos really love it… I don't want to humiliate my son or anything, but he at age 12 still plays with it (shhh.. don't tell anyone I said that okay?;-}) That set is in constant (really!) use during the entire Christmas season. One thing my children a did a lot of was play through the whole Herod thing.. I think the idea of a powerful adult wanting to kill a baby was really difficult for them on a deep level, so yeah. makes sense developmentally. I would have never thought of getting the set out to play through some of the other Bible stories tho. That is a really great idea! Wish you had been around with your great ideas when my children were younger;-}
Good for you for jumping in and vlogging! You are so right that if you wait until it's professional it probably won't get done.
The four days from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday was one of my favorite times of the year growing up. From having our feet washed at the Holy Thursday supper, to gathering around the big cross that was in one of the meadows on Good Friday, to seeing the little grass covered tomb empty and open on Easter Sunday. Add to that coloring easter eggs, lots of flowers, the coming of spring, special foods that we generally only had at easter time, and extra time off during the four days, I have a lot of good memories of Easter time. Hopefully you can build some good memories for your children while teaching them about the resurection.
I love it! And reminds me of a time when I used Playmobil too… We told the story of what happened on Good Friday and as I had fashioned a cave out of playdough and we put Jesus in (wrapped in some tissues). There were some guards too before the stone. Then on Easter morning the kids found the tomb empty. They were only 3 and 2 at the time but I think they really understood.
ps: I loved seeing you and the kids in 3D and hear your voice…
oh, that's awesome, jessica! i'm glad she enjoyed it!
colleen, thanks for your encouragement!
I think you've got a hit on your hands! Avelyn is sitting here signing MORE over and over 🙂
I really think that is a lovely and simple way for children to understand Easter…so important to do so as well. I had someone say to me today that Easter isn't really something that is easy to talk to children about and I remembered back to my own childhood and how we were taught its importance from the time we were little…I guess it's all in the way you go about it.:) Well done anyway! I like how you made it so interactive for them.
Wishing you a joyful Easter.:)