We had so much fun doing Ten Days of Easter last year, that I knew it would become a family tradition. The idea of a ten-day Easter countdown came from my desire to teach the girls that Easter is about Jesus, not about chocolate. In the days leading up to and following Easter, I want us as a family to focus on the message of the Resurrection. There will be an Easter egg hunt thrown in, but it will not be the reason we celebrate Easter.
We began this year’s Ten Days with the whole Easter story. I got the idea from Catholic Icing. I drew pictures of a donkey, palm leaves, a goblet and a loaf of bread, three crosses on a hill, the empty tomb and a cloud with the sun shining behind it. I made tags that said Journey into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, Gethsemane, Golgotha, The Empty Tomb, and Jesus Ascends Into Heaven.
I gave the girls the pictures one at a time, and explained the part of the story that related to the picture they were colouring in.
When all the pictures had been coloured in, stuck them in sequence on large envelopes. (I thought I had large sheets of cardboard, and it was only when I started looking for them that I remembered we used them for Christmas crafts. Oops.)
Now we can stick these up and refer to them over the next few days.
Do you do an Easter countdown with your children?