As a follower of Christ, Easter is easily the most important thing that we celebrate. Bar none. And it is really quite sad to me the way in which we celebrate it. We don't make as big of a deal out of it as it so obviously deserves to be. Easter should be bigger than Christmas.
And what is even more sad about Easter is how when we do make a big deal out of it, such as what you see in stores, it is all about bunnies hiding eggs (I mean, really, what?!) and flowers and egg hunts and pastel candy. It's really turned into a commercialized holiday celebrating the end of winter, rather than a Christian holiday celebrating an event that forever changed the course of human history. We are celebrating an event that occurred OVER 2000 YEARS AGO! When else do we do that? Half of American History is washed out and forgotten from text books, and America is not even 250 years old. Yet still, we celebrate Jesus of Nazareth, and the ultimate sacrifice that God offered as a payment for our sins.
Not to be a "Debbie Downer", mind you. I do love Easter and love celebrating it. The girls have tutu Easter baskets that we made up last year and I did hide eggs around our house for them to find when they woke up. However, what Chris and I work to emphasize is the reason for Easter. We spent the week this year, starting on palm Sunday, reading the story of Easter or some aspect of it nightly. Not only did Christ die for what we have done wrong, but He also conquered death. Death, where is your victory? When Death was conquered, our hope came to life. We live, we can continue to live, because of what Christ has done. It's truly an incredible event.
Something I really appreciate about celebrating Easter growing up is that my parents always emphasized the "lamb" instead of the "bunny". We knew what the reason was for Easter, and it wasn't bunnies. Also, my mom always made a scavenger hunt for us to follow clues around the house to find out baskets, and that was great fun (she did it one year and had to do it from then on).
This year, we had a great time with our girls. Heidi was so excited about the plastic eggs around the living room that she didn't even pay attention to her basket. She was shaking an egg around before dropping it on the floor. When she dropped it, it burst open and a caboodle of jelly beans went bouncing in all directions. She LOVED this. Sophia's favorite part was probably having hard-boiled eggs for breakfast. I had made the eggs on Saturday morning and put them in the fridge, where they were promptly forgotten about. Right before bed, I opened up the refrigerator and saw a bowl of white hard boiled eggs - oops! I asked Sophia if she wanted to color eggs (of course, yes) and we did so late at night on Easter eve.
The girls wore beautiful matching dresses from Great Nana for Easter. Heidi had her first "hair do" ever, and Sophia wore a lovely hat with a small white purse that made her look remarkably like royalty.
For lunch/dinner, we went to Oma and Papa's house. The girls' favorite thing, especially Heidi's, was the Peeps on a stick. Heidi went nuts over it, and kept calling it a "sucky" (sucker) and would randomly run up to people, holding it out proudly. We all had a good afternoon rest before an excellent "traditional" dinner of ham, potatoes, veggies, and, most importantly, CRAB LEGS! I'm pretty sure I ate 2 lbs. worth. I made my traditional bird nests for dessert (rice krispy treats made with Frosted Flakes, shaped like bird nests, with cadbury mini eggs in them), as well as having a delicious angel food cake with strawberries. Ah. Food.
|Aunt Meghan found Heidi an awesome safari Pooh Bear - exactly like her "original" Pooh!|
|Our colored eggs. Didn't make a lot, but we never eat them all!|
|Easter "spoils" from Parents, Nana and Papa, and Aunt Meghan and Uncle Stephen. Sophia went crazy over her Sofia the First pursue and Frozen Jewelry. Hedi loves her puzzle and anything Pooh related!|
|She wanted to pose this way. Princess :)|
|Heidi's first pony tail!|
|Sophia wearing a Frozen necklace with her Easter dress|
|In an effort to get Heidi to smile, Chris started tickling her neck|
|The Queen awaiting her brunch|
|The purse. The hat. And seriously, that little pony tail.|
|This smile though!|
|My little reader.|
|Perhaps Heidi's favorite part of all of Easter - Peeps on a stick!|