If giving Easter baskets is a part of your family celebrations, include a living plant or flower (again, the “new life in Christ” idea) and a bookmark or magnet with a special Bible verse. If possible, find a name card to give each child which tells the meaning and history of the name. Remind him/her that God planned everything about him before he was born and that angels have been watching over him every day of his life. Then encourage your kids to take a basket or bouquet to someone who is ill or alone as a way of saying thank you to Jesus.
Some communities present a neighborhood Easter pageant, portraying the last week of Christ’s life on earth. Attend one if you can – or better yet, participate in it. The story has new meaning as you see and hear it acted out.
On Easter morning, if your family is willing, go somewhere to watch the sunrise. Then sing together a song about the resurrection, such as “Because He Lives” or “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.” Ask each family member to pray, thanking God for the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life because of the resurrection.
Now that’s something truly worth celebrating!