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Sometimes the Kids Really Get It Right

If you’re an Easter tradition slacker . . . read on!  (And Oh, I forgive you already.)

A couple of days ago I wrote this post about Easter traditions, in which I confessed being guilty of not keeping up with . . . um . . . hardly any Easter traditions.  You know, the ones I grew up with and learned to cherish: Easter baskets with lots of pastel colored grass, egg coloring and egg hunts, new dresses brought exclusively for Easter Sunday . . . and the list goes on.

But maybe it’s not such a big deal?  Here’s why…

Yesterday morning, I told Autumn Joy and Alexis that on Saturday we are going to make these delightful egg shaped rice crispy treats for Easter.  They are so easy and so fun!

Autumn: Why?

Me: To do something special for Easter – you know?

Autumn: Easter is not about bunnies and eggs, Mom.  It’s about Jesus.

Is this kid serious or delirious?  She’s only 10!  (And apparently lacking in the art of appropriately commemorating special holidays.) Is she really telling me that she doesn’t want to make these amazing egg shaped rice crispy treats?  I would think that regardless of the occasion, she should be ALL IN!  I’m not likely to make these treats at any other time of the year.

I also told her that I needed to take her and Alexis shoe shopping for “Easter Sunday” shoes. (I don’t know if they are technically “Easter” shoes, but they happen to need new shoes.)

But Autumn (who just happens to hate shopping) questioned my rationale . . .

Autumn: Why do we need shoes mom?

Me: Autumn, what have you been wearing on your feet to church?!  (I was a bit sharp.)

Autumn: Boots.  (Due to inclement, post-winter weather.)

Me: Don’t you think it’s time to wear something pretty?

Autumn: {Silence}

Me: It’s spring for goodness sake!  Do you really wanna wear boots all spring?

My hindsight is always 20-20 afterthought: {Jeez!  Calm down, Momma.}

So, these kids (or at least Autumn) don’t see the need for Easter treats OR Easter shoes?

What is this world coming to?!

On second thought . . . if she adopted the same kind on anti-commercialization philosophy about Christmas, too, I could save a bundle!  (Ahem . . . but more importantly, just be happy that she understood the true meaning of Christmas.)  😉

Anyway . . . I’m really slowing down these days.  I’m not the full of energy, gung-ho mom I once was and I’ve even been slacking in decorating my home for Easter.  Yesterday, I barely managed to decorate the front of my home. Today, I hope to put up my “He is Risen” window display.

Geez!  It’s already Good Friday and I’m pushing myself to put up a holiday display that should have been up for weeks already.

Oh well, I’ll have to remind myself that Easter isn’t about bunnies and brightly colored eggs, or cute little shoes and frilly, pastel colored dresses with big bows and lace gloves – or so I’ve been reminded.

It’s about Jesus.  (But I do still love the traditional fanfare that goes along with it!)

How did these darn kids get so smart?  Sometimes they really get it right!

Happy Good Friday, everyone!

 

Remember: it’s Friday . . . but Sunday’s a coming!

Join the conversation: What’s your favorite Easter tradition?  Or, are you an anti-traditionalist? How do you teach your kids about the true meaning of Easter – or Resurrection Sunday?  I’d love to hear from you. Post a comment below to share!

 I’ve shared this article at these fabulous faith and family link-ups.

Comments

  1. Yes, your kids got it right! I love those stories. I was a slacker for Easter this year, too. For decorations, I bought a pot of tulips and called it good.
    Thanks for linking with Grace and Truth last week!

  2. You are so right, Tiffany!! Is this where “and the little children will lead them” comes in? This was a great post! Thanks so much for sharing the story. Happy to be your neighbor at the Linkup at Whole Hearted Home!

    • Hi Pam! It’s a pleasure having you stop by. It’s so good to have a neighbor from the Whole Hearted linkup stop by! And yes, sometimes the children really will lead us, if we only let them. :o)

  3. Thanks for sharing your children’s precious perspectives on this vitally important holiday for Christians! I am totally with you on having trouble finding time to do the special, but some of our favorite traditions are designed to point our hearts and others to Christ. We like to grow a Calvary’s garden, host an Easter egg hunt outreach where we share the resurrection story, and make sets of Resurrection Eggs to give away as well as having Holy Week devotions. I skip most of the rest.

    • Hi Leslie,

      Your Easter traditions sound awesome! I can see how you have made Jesus the center of how Easter traditions. I think I’d like to adopt a couple of your ideas for my own kids.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed Good Friday and Resurrection Day!

    • Hi Michelle! It’s always such a blessing having you stop by (and I love that it made you smile). Be blessed!

  4. Love the stories. They are so real and so funny. It is awesome that your kids notice the real meaning of Easter. I am with you about the pretty little shoes. I loved getting new shoes and dresses to go to church when I was a little girl. We always went to church every Sunday but didn’t always get to have new dresses and shoes. I love this time of year to celebrate Our Risen Savior. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Sitting Among Friends on Wednesdays. I look forward to seeing you back next week!

    • Hi Jaime! Girlfriend, you are not alone. I love the little “extras” that go along with the Easter holiday. Anyway, us mom’s are usually always looking for a way to dress up our little girls. Too bad they don’t stay small forever. :o) Thanks for stopping by and sharing. It’s always my pleasure to linkup with the Sitting Among Friends community.

      Have a blessed Good Friday and Resurrection Day!

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