Traditionally, the celebration of Easter has extended far beyond Easter Sunday. For the 50 days between Christ’s resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Christians spent the season rejoicing in Christ’s triumph over the grave and the promise of the resurrection of all the dead.
We dedicate a whole season to the birth of Jesus, but rarely do we spend more than a day celebrating His defeat of the grave and triumphant resurrection. Let’s, you and I, remedy this together.
If we are to be people of the Risen King, people who live with the hope of their own resurrection, we need to celebrate this victory. Instead of simply celebrating for a day, let’s celebrate for the entire Easter season, all 50 days, what our God has done.We dedicate a whole season to the birth of Jesus, but rarely do we spend more than a day celebrating His defeat of the grave and triumphant resurrection. Let’s, you and I, remedy this together. Click To Tweet
Join me by exploring the ways below that you can incorporate a continued celebration of Easter into your home. And be sure to join below for access to The Thin Place Resource Library and a full list of 25 Ways to Celebrate Easter.
1. Host a Passover Seder
This is a beautiful way to celebrate the beauty of what the sacrifice that God made for His people to save them from the sting of sin and death. There are some beautiful ways to commemorate the Last Supper and to rejoice with those around you in God’s work for His people from Exodus through the life of Christ.
2. Continue to Decorate (And Keep Decorations Up) for the Entire Season
Decorate for the entire season to remind yourself of what God has done! There are some printables in the Resource Library (subscribe below for free access) that you can frame to remind yourself that Christ is risen and has defeated Death. Use these reminders to prompt your heart to rejoice in what God has done. She Reads Truth also have some lovely ways to remind yourself of God’s work.
This is a fun way to get kids into the habit of remembering what Christ went through and helping them have a visual way to lock the story into their minds and hearts. Wrapping them in toilet paper and reminding them of how Jesus was wrapped and entombed will show them how shocking it was for the women to find the tomb empty on Sunday morning.
4. Remind Each Other Daily That “He is Risen”
Start off each morning of the Easter Season by carrying on the Easter Sunday tradition of saying, “He is risen!” to the members of your home and responding, “He is risen, indeed!” to remind each other to keep this truth at the forefront of your mind.
5. Have a Special Dinner to Commemorate Christ’s Ascension
For those of us who grew up watching Sunday School videos of Christ’s resurrection and ascent into Heaven, it is easy to think it all happened at the same time. However, Christ spent 40 days teaching and conveying the truth of His physical resurrection before ascending to Heaven.
Take time, 40 days after Easter, to celebrate this day with your family. Make a special dinner, go on a picnic, invite friends from church to celebrate with you. But don’t let this important day in the Easter celebration pass you by.Start off each morning of the Easter Season by carrying on the Easter Sunday tradition of saying, “He is risen!” to the members of your home and responding, “He is risen, indeed!” to remind each other to keep this truth at the… Click To Tweet
Ann Voskamps’s books and articles always touch my heart in a special way. I have greatly enjoyed working through her Lent series. Her Easter devotional and Passion Tree are a great way to celebrate beyond Easter Sunday.
7. Memorize Philippians 2:5-11
This passage is such a wonderful way to keep in the forefront of your mind what Christ has done and how we can imitate His love and sacrifice. Take time in the 40 days following Lent to memorize and meditate on what God has done.
I love recipes and crafts that help illustrate a Biblical truth. This is a wonderful cookie recipe that can be made the evening before, placed in the oven, and then opened to find hollow cookies the next morning. This would be a wonderful way to keep the Easter celebration going the weekend after Easter Sunday or to invite neighbors over to enjoy with you.
9. Have A Family Sunrise Service
If your church does not have a Sunrise Service (or if maybe it’s just hard to get everyone out the door in their Easter best before sunrise!), then celebrate the sunrise as a family. Make your coffee, sit on the porch, watch the sunrise, and read the Easter story as a family. Ask your children if they have a hymn or favorite song they’d like to sing in praise.
These were the infamous Resurrection Rolls that I burnt myself on but oh, they are yummy. They create a fun, delicious way to talk through how Christ’s body was prepared for burial. As you make the rolls, reflect on how He was anointed, wrapped, and placed in the tomb. But when you bite into the rolls, remember that when the tomb was opened, He was not there.
I hope that these ideas inspired you to spend a full 50 days celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord! Below, you can sign-up to receive free access to The Thin Place Resource Library which now includes a list of 25 Ways to Celebrate Easter and several printable images to fill your home with Biblical truth of Christ’s resurrection.
Please share below, what are your favorite ways to celebrate Easter?
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