Creating a Christ Centered Easter
Why separate Easter from the Easter Bunny? My husband and I try to keep the focus of Easter less on the Easter Bunny and more Christ centered. While there are many great ideas for keeping a Christ centered Easter, one of my favorites is reserving Easter Sunday exclusively as a Christ centered day. Our family observes Christ centered Easter activities leading up to Easter Sunday; however, Easter Sunday is exclusively Christ centered (no bunny). Separating the Easter bunny from Easter Sunday helps us center Easter around Christ.
Full Disclosure: the Easter Bunny does visit our home- but, a day earlier. This really helps to shift the focus on Easter Sunday from the Easter bunny toward Christ. Easter is about Christ and so it is important to us to center Easter around Him. While Saturday does include the Easter Bunny, we try not to let the bunny take over Easter.
To help with those efforts, the kids egg hunt usually includes a small picture of Christ in the eggs. Additionally, there are often small items in their baskets to help remind them that Easter is about Christ. Ideas that have been included in the past are: Christ centered Easter books, stickers, small scripture figures, and religious themed puzzles.
Easter Sunday is focused completely around Christ. We still participate in Easter Activities; however, they are all centered around Christ. Through doing so, I feel it has helped us and our family keep Christ as the focus of Easter.