Easter Video Series: How to Focus on The True Meaning of Easter

When Easter rolls around each year, it can be easy (especially for children) to think about Easter as a fun Sunday morning, with new clothes and maybe an Easter basket filled with favorite candy and a new toy. But Easter is so much more than that – Easter is Resurrection Sunday! It is a day to joyfully celebrate Jesus’ gift to the whole world and what his resurrection from the dead means for those who follow him.

So how do we help our kids focus on the true meaning of Easter?

What’s in the Bible? and VeggieTales®  creator Phil Vischer shares his ideas in the above video.

“To keep our kids focused on the real meaning of Easter … it’s important to expand Easter beyond just a day,” Vischer said.

He suggests expanding the conversation about Easter through all of Holy Week – or perhaps even all of Lent, if your church tradition observes that traditional 40-day period of fasting leading up to Easter Sunday.

Vischer also shared about Church tradition when it comes to Easter.

“Easter really was Christmas,” he said. “It was the biggest holiday of the year for the early Church and it was also the centerpiece of the entire Church calendar.”

So as you prepare your family to celebrate on Easter Sunday, consider starting the conversation a few days earlier. “You want to start at least with Palm Sunday and talk through Holy Week,” Vischer said.

Check out the Holy Week Devotional Download Pack available now from What’s in the Bible? to start your family’s journey to Easter.

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Scot F. Martin
Scot F. Martin

Embrace and imitate your Orthodox and Catholic brothers and sisters: we celebrate Easter (or Pascha) for 40 days!

WesleyWoods
WesleyWoods

it is very sad that there are prominent protestant ministers who teach the lie that lent is pagan and has absolutely nothing to do the the bible.  my guess that skip over the mention that Christ fasted in the wilderness for forty days before being tempted by satan.  they teach that anything that sound Catholic is pagan, yet they still use the exact same New Testament that Catholic and Orthodox Christians use.  being Methodist we spend the forty days reflecting on Christ before Easter although technically it is forty-seven days for Ash Wednesday to Easter.  it was not until i went to one of my churches colleges that i learned Sundays were not counted in forty days. 

Kelly Grimes
Kelly Grimes

We've started calling the day we celebrate our Lord rising from the dead, Resurrection Day, instead of Easter after learning Easter was a pagan goddess. It makes you think about Jesus when you stop using the word "Easter" and replace it with a word that glorifies Jesus! Blessings on Resurrection Day!

Crystal Ferguson
Crystal Ferguson

This year we made a resurrection garden and talked about the different parts of it and what they represent. We also discuss the last supper a LOT as it's a main part of our weekly sacraments. We make our Easter baskets focus on religious gifts, such as a new Bible, if that is appropriate for that child, or something else that helps them to remember Jesus. The secular parts of Easter we refer to as "Bunny Day." We still have egg hunts and new clothes, but those are because it's Spring, not because it's Easter.