Lent is just about over and shortly we will enter into Holy Week. Â What an interesting Lent it’s been this year with the papal conclave and election of a new pope. Â An exciting time to be Catholic!
As we gear up for Holy Week and the celebration of Easter, I wanted to share some of the activities and books we will use during the season.
Holy Week Activities
We keep things pretty simple during this week. Â We will keep on with our schooling through Holy Thursday. Â Both of the boys are helping at the washing of the feet on Thursday evening. Â Friday is a quiet day. Â For the last several years we have gone to an local parish that has an outdoor Stations of the Cross. Â We walk through the stations with this resource, and then head home for a quiet afternoon.
This year Jacob’s birthday falls on Saturday and he asked to attend and help serve at the Easter Vigil. Â We have never been to the vigil together as a family. Â Not quite sure how this will work and how the younger kids will be, but we’ll give it a shot!
Sunday, the celebration begins! Â This year we will be going out for Sunday brunch, so I won’t have any meal prep.
In the Easter Baskets:
When the kids are younger, it’s much easier to fill the baskets with things like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, sunglasses, and other little trinkets. Â As the children get older filling baskets seems to be a bit more challenging. Â Now our age range is 5-12. Â Bubbles and sidewalk chalk aren’t all that exciting.
I like to give practical gifts along with a few fun items. Â As I’m in de-cluttering mode, I don’t really want to add anything to the house that isn’t useful. Â While I was de-cluttering the linen closet, I noticed that some of our towels had seen better days. Â We had a little discussion on my Facebook page about ways to handle towels in a big family.
My solution was to order towels in all the same color, and put each child’s name on the towel. Â A perfect thing to stick in their basket this year. Â I’m really happy with the way they turned out!
Another needed item each spring is new sandals and/or flip-flops. Â I ordered a pair for each child and those will be going in the basket as well.
Usually each year most children give up some sort of food item, from ketchup to fruit snacks. Â I will put whatever the given up items is in the basket as well. Â That means this year I will be handing out a bottle of ketchup, ranch dressing, and a box of fruit snacks!
While I like to add in practical items, I do like to add in some fun items too. Â The candy isle is most filled with bunnies, but I did find a chocolate crossÂ at our local CVS. Â The rest will just be some random candy that the kids like.
If you have never tried this with your children, I highly recommend it! Â A Butterfly Garden would be an excellent gift for the easter basket. Â We have done it twice before, but really should do it again with the younger kids.
The Symbol of the Easter EggÂ craft from Catholic Inspired
We have made Resurrection RollsÂ a few times, another activity the kids really enjoy.
Easter Story Cookies would be another fun option.
Also, this movie, The Miracle Maker, is one of the best children’s movies we have ever seen. Â It really brings the story of Jesus to life in a beautiful way. Â I highly recommend this DVD! Â A great movie to watch during Holy Week.
Easter and Spring Books we Love:
I like to add in a few nature books with our Easter books, it’s difficult to ignore the beauty of God in nature. Â The Story of the Cross book is new to us this year and is a very gentle telling of the stations. Â Also new to us this year is Welcome Risen Jesus. Â I wish I would have gotten the book when Lent started, the prayers and actions are very sweet. Â The paper version is only 1.99 and the Kindle version is .99!
Enjoy the last couple of weeks of Lent and be fully prepared for the joy of Easter!
“We are Easter people and Alleluia is our song” St. Augustine