I don’t know how to celebrate Easter.
I want to make it a special holiday for my children, but I don’t know how. I want to make it more than a chocolate bunny, more than an early service at church, which both are fine, but heretofore the extent of our festivities.
Isn’t heretofore a marvelous word?
I want to put Jesus into my children’s hands, to let them touch his story with their fingers and taste it with their mouths and sniff it in the air around them.
This year I’m trying a couple new ideas, found here at Catholic Digest. Resurrection Eggs are a DIY project that we are starting tomorrow. Ironically, my children are disappointed that the eggs will not contain candy. But I am looking forward to a chance to tell the whole story in detail.
And I plan to make Resurrection Rolls with my boys on Good Friday or Saturday. I like the significance of each of the ingredients, and hope the treats will turn out well, unlike the empty-tomb meringues I tried several years ago which simply turned to stone.
(No offense to the original cooks for the recipe; I’m sure it works for people who can do meringues. I cannot. But the boys loved the process, half enacting the Easter story. They still talk about it.)
I don’t reject secular celebration entirely. I don’t think bunnies and chicks are wickedly distracting from the Real Meaning of Easter. But I want to celebrate what I believe, the true story.
How does Easter become tangible for you?