Spring really is a magical time of year. After months of cold and darkness, seeing the first blooms of the season is like reaching the light at the end of the tunnel.
It is a season for fresh, new beginnings. A season for celebrating nature and enjoying the sunshine. It’s also a season of anticipation, in many ways.
I can’t help but look forward to the brighter, sunnier months ahead. And of course, I look forward to Easter (which is approaching in just a couple weeks)!
We love celebrating Easter with the traditional egg hunt and Easter baskets. I also love finding ways to emphasize Jesus in all of the festivities.
We usually go to church on Easter Sunday, but I thought we could also infuse Jesus into the days leading up to Easter. One way is through egg decorating.
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Easy Easter Eggs (inspired by the real Easter story)
“The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! ” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” (John 12:12-13)
Aren’t they adorable? In my opinion, this was way easier (and more fun) than dyeing eggs like we normally do!
To paint a palm branch, start with one line for the main branch, and then a bunch of light lines shooting out for the individual fronds. You could also use marker or even crayon. (Be warned: if you use any color other than green, they could come out looking like feathers. ;))
While we painted, I used the opportunity to talk to the kids about how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and the crowd laid down palm branches in His path. This event was actually prophesied in the Old Testament (see Zechariah 9:9). Interesting, right?
We also decided to create a “Jesus egg”. We painted it gold and then I glued a “crown of thorns” on top (I used jute and some twigs, but I imagine you could use just about anything you can find outside).
I love the neutral colors of these eggs, and of course the significance of what they represent.
How are you decorating Easter eggs this year?