Time to get pre­pared for Easter!

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Easter is on the way, and prac­tic­ing Chris­tians across the globe have spent the Len­ten sea­son pre­par­ing for the day when they cel­e­brate the res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus Christ. Lent is a sea­son best spent in the com­pany of close friends and fam­ily, and the fol­low­ing are a few ways for Chris­tians to cel­e­brate their faith in the weeks lead­ing up to Easter Sun­day.

· Give Easter eggs a dif­fer­ent mean­ing. Easter eggs are popular among young­sters, and that pop­u­lar­ity can be used to teach kids about their faith. Eggs are fre­quently viewed as a sym­bol of new life, so par­ents can use them to show their chil­dren how Christ died and was born anew. Eggs can be filled with small items that sym­bol­ize some­thing re­lated to Christ’s story. Or they can be left empty to rep­re­sent the empty tomb af­ter His res­ur­rec­tion.

· Eat food that con­veys Bi­b­li­cal sto­ries. For Easter din­ner, en­joy foods that are men­tioned in the Bi­ble. A fish din­ner can con­vey the story of how Je­sus mul­ti­plied fish to feed the crowds, or dine on lamb and share the story of Passover.

· Par­tic­i­pate in church ser­vices. Through­out Lent, many parishes of­fer Easter vig­ils or spe­cial­ized ser­vices that re­late the ac­count of Je­sus’ life and sub­se­quent death on the cross. Some churches may recre­ate re­al­is­tic sta­tions of the Cross. Em­ploy­ing pageantry to bring bi­b­li­cal sto­ries to life can help young chil­dren vi­su­al­ize and bet­ter un­der­stand the mean­ing of Easter.

· Cre­ate a Christ-cen­tered Easter bas­ket. Par­ents can still fill kids’ Easter bas­kets with some of the familiar con­fec­tionary treats, but those par­ents who im­part lessons about their faith to their kids also can in­clude books about the story of Easter, rosary beads, a cru­ci­fix for a child’s room, and maybe a chil­dren’s Bi­ble.

· Make time for vol­un­teer work. Many fam­i­lies re­serve vol­un­teerism for the Christ­mas sea­son, but Easter also marks a great time to vol­un­teer. In a sea­son that fo­cuses on the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice, fam­i­lies can open their hearts to oth­ers. In­vite some­one over for Easter din­ner who has nowhere to go. Share your hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions with a per­son of an­other faith so that he or she may be able to see what makes this time of year spe­cial. Cre­ate a ser­vice jar filled with small, lov­ing tasks ev­ery­one in the fam­ily can do each day.

The Len­ten sea­son, in­clud­ing Easter, is the most cel­e­brated time of the year for Chris­tians. Fam­i­lies can en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties by blend­ing many dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions to­gether and by fo­cus­ing on the spir­i­tu­al­ity of the sea­son.

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