I am a senior writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, editor, published poet and former editor of poetry magazine Fruit Salad. I have also authored children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Published March 21st 2021
Remembering the beginning
If the chocolate egg sugar high isn't all it's cracked up to be, try chocolate fondue instead.
A gift of Easter eggs is delicious, but the true meaning of Easter has nothing to do with chocolate or Ishtar the fertility goddess. This year, the Easter weekend is from 2nd to 5th April. People of faith often attend church at this holiday. How can you celebrate Easter and understand its true meaning?
Remember that Easter is really about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. His sacrificial act was for all. Jesus said, 'It is finished,' meaning that his work was completed. This Easter, take time to reflect on his act of selflessness and what it accomplished.
WatchThe Passion of the Christ,The Ten Commandments or other movies connected with the story of Jesus. Encourage the children to learn more about the Easter holiday's meaning. Jesus is the 'Passover Lamb', the lamb that takes away sin altogether, versus animal sacrifices in the Jewish Temple.
The Jewish feast of Passover commemorates their Exodus from Egypt in 1450BC. According to the most recent findings, this is the correct year of the Exodus. It's the incredible story of God's deliverance of a nation. Jesus died on the cross on the 14th of the Jewish month of Nisan, the same date as the Exodus.
Passover was the first-ever Easter, completed later by Christ. The Roman Catholic Church wished to bring pagan peoples into the church and therefore changed Passover into the Easter festival.
Chocolate is not one of the seven deadly sins. To do something different, try making chocolate fondue. Involve the whole family.
A fun activity is to make crosses from palm fronds. Have the children make them and then give them as gifts. The palm leaves are a reminder of Palm Sunday, as Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the people waved palm fronds to celebrate the arrival of the Messiah. This year, Palm Sunday is the same date as Passover, 28 March.
The Maundy Thursday service is brief but a beautiful time of quiet reflection. This year it's on 1 April. To have your own at home, light several candles. Have a time of prayer and reflection, listening to peaceful music. You can attend a Maundy live service online here.
Celebrate the resurrection of Christ. You could attend church or celebrate at home, remembering that one day the followers of Jesus will also be resurrected. This is commonly known as 'the rapture'.
Buy flowers in red and white to decorate the home. The red represents the blood of Christ and the white, a symbol of purity.
Red and white roses represent the blood of Christ purifying from sin.
Jews celebrate the Passover with a 'Seder', a special meal rich in symbolism. Roast lamb is the main course. Symbolic foods include bitter herbs (slavery in Egypt), boiled egg (sacrifice performed later in the Temple) and fruit and nut paste (building of Egyptian storehouses).
Easter egg hunts can be fun, or the painting of eggs. Fluffy yellow chicks are also delightful for children. But if it's all getting a bit old, or the sugar high isn't all it's cracked up to be, try reading the children the story of the Exodus and then linking it up with Easter, now you know a little more about it.