Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Easter present hunt

Back in the days before we had children, Joe and I had ample time to discuss exactly how we would raise our children. Of course, we thought we knew everything there was to know about raising kids...despite not having much experience with the real deal ourselves.
Three kids later, most of our initial theories have been proven baseless, but we finally got the chance to try out our theory on Easter. See, we always grew up with a lot of excitement about Christmas. We thought this was because we grew up with lots of family, presents and celebration at Christmas...but somehow Easter didn't get the same billing, even though it was equally...and perhaps MORE...important than Christmas.
So, we thought that when we had kids, we'd make a big deal about Easter. As big a deal as Christmas. And what better way to drive the point home to kids than to get as many Easter presents as Christmas presents? (Well, the jury's still out on that one).
So, this year, we tried out our plan. We spent some time talking about Easter during the last weeks of Lent (kind of like we talk about Christmas throughout Advent). Then, before church on Easter morning, we had a present hunt instead of an Easter egg hunt.

I'm not sure if our kids understand really understand the meaning of Easter, which is much harder to explain to a preschooler than "Christmas is Jesus's birthday!". But, we certainly upped the excitement about Easter this year.

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