Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter Traditions

Easter is coming up this Sunday, and it has me thinking about Easter traditions. Traditions I had growing up, traditions we have now and traditions we want to create for our family now that we have Carsen.

I don't remember a ton of specific traditions from Easter growing up, just a lot of random memories.The earliest memory I can think of is my Sunday School teacher (Hi, Mrs. Angel!) doing the resurrection eggs with us. I would always get so excited seeing those eggs out because it was so much fun hearing the story of Easter using them. I also remember dying eggs with my family every year. On into my teenage years, I remember receiving a Rascal Flatts CD for Easter for two different years. Their albums tended to release right around Easter and I loved some Rascal Flatts!

The main thing that sticks out in my mind in regards to Easter as a child is that I was the worst loser when it came to hunting Easter eggs! Ha! When I saw that everyone around me was getting a lot of eggs, I would just start crying and get upset that I didn't have as many eggs, thus keeping me from going to pick up any more. I know my mom would get so frustrated with me because I was crying instead of hunting eggs. I'm laughing even typing this, because this memory is so vivid in my mind. Obviously, I was too old when I would still get upset if I can remember it so clearly. Embarrassing!

Since becoming a married couple, Jake and I have developed a few Easter traditions. We tend to color coordinate our outfits each year or wear complementary colors. I was able to find a picture from 2012-2015. Not sure why our picture game wasn't strong for Easter in 2010 and 2011.

Since I'm on staff at our church, Easter is a huge deal. It's like the Super Bowl for the church world. Easter is a great day to invite new people, because there's hardly any pressure if you attend. In the South, everyone goes to church on Easter! What we hope is that a seed is planted and people choose to accept Christ and keep coming and then develop a stronger relationship with Him and other believers.

Easter weekend is busy, busy, busy, but I wouldn't want it any other way! We have a huge Easter EGGstravaganza the day before Easter and worship practice after that event since Jake plays the bass and I sing. On Easter, we had a Sunrise Service, then straight to worship practice, then two regular worship services at 9:30 and 11:00am. This year, we have THREE services, so we won't be able to attend the Sunrise service. Music practice will start at an early 7am, then services at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am! See, busy, but great!

Since we attend our own church for Easter and our families have commitments at their churches back in our hometowns, we usually aren't able to get together for Easter. Our good friends invited us over for lunch a few years in a row, so we still get to have the traditional family Easter lunch. I love that tradition that has developed and am so thankful for it. Last year, I was only a few weeks pregnant and I remember thinking how much fun it would be to be able to interact and play with our baby at that same lunch this year. As far as the yearly Easter picture, it might take a few more shots to get a good one since we have to get a baby to smile for the camera, but I'm definitely okay with that. Hopefully our Easter iPhone photographer is feeling patient. (ahem...Kendal) ;)

I would love to start some new traditions with Carsen. Obviously she's a little young to remember anything this year, but I'd love to hear ideas for next year and years to come. What are your favorite Easter traditions that you had growing up or that you do with your kids? Any traditions I can start this year even though she's young?

1 comment:

  1. I'll wait as long as I need to because that baby girl is worth it!!!


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