Saturday, April 16, 2011

Preparing for Holy Week with Children

There are so many traditions and symbols surrounding the Easter holiday in our society.  In some ways, I really feel like how we will celebrate this occasion is a more difficult issue to tackle than that of our Christmas celebrations.

As with some of our Christmas traditions, we found much inspiration for celebrating this season in Noel Piper's Treasuring God in Our Traditions.  One aspect that we especially grabbed hold of is the idea of creating a dough mountain to give us a place to portray much of what happened throughout that week leading up to Jesus' death.

You can find photos and instructions for creating the mountain at the Desiring God web site.  There are also photos of the little pipe cleaner people like we made.  This gives us a simple way to show our children what was happening as we read through the Scriptures together leading up to Sunday.

We have made a couple of these mountains over the years.  We currently have one that has been used for two or three years, so I am thinking we will get our hands dirty and design a new one this year.  I love how a hands-on project can get my children excited about seeing and hearing more.

If you're interested in more thoughts about creating Easter traditions for your family, I highly recommend chapter nine of Treasuring God in Our Traditions.  The entire book is available to download for free from Desiring God.  If nothing else, it contains some great thoughts to help your family begin to think through the importance of the traditions that are being passed down to your children.

Does your family have a special Easter tradition?

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