In the lead-up to Easter, there’s a flurry of activity at churches, schools, and homes across New Zealand. Children are busy, parents are busy and everyone is busy in their own way. The week before Easter sees an abundance of activities and services held at most churches. From bumbles, to catechism classes for kids, to visitations in homes and hospitals – with all this going on it’s easy to feel like we run out of things to do! With so many people rushing around trying to tick off everything on their agenda before Good Friday and Easter Sunday that the days can almost pass you by. But don’t let that happen! Here are some ideas on how you can celebrate this special time of year with flair.
Did You Have A Good Easter?
I sure did! Easter is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time to come together with family and friends, celebrate springtime, and enjoy some delicious food. My favorite Easter tradition is getting together with my family for an Easter egg hunt. We hide eggs all over the house and yard, and the kids have a blast finding them.
Why Did you have a good easter?
We Have No Idea Why We’re Here.
Have you ever asked yourself why you exist? If so – why? Well, I’ll tell you why. Because you’re supposed to. This question is one of the most essential questions of life; and it happens to be the most life-changing to be answered correctly. You see, understanding your “why” will allow you to discover your passion, and with it – find a reason to live. And when you have that, you’ll be able to get through all your “whys” – the bad days, the good days, and all the days in between. But, how do you discover that “why”? You might think that it’s really hard to figure out, but it’s actually quite simple. All you have to do is ask yourself “Why do I get out of bed in the morning? Why do I want to do what I do?” If your answer is something like “Because I have to”, then you aren’t there yet.
Nothing Makes Us Happy.
This should go without saying. However, many people get tricked into thinking that they’re happy when they really aren’t – which is dangerous. Happiness is a state of mind, and as you probably know – our minds are very easy to trick. If you’re happy because you’re surrounded by people who bring you down, don’t expect your happiness to last. And if you’re unhappy because you’re surrounded by people who bring you up, don’t expect your unhappiness to last either. If you want to be happy, surround yourself with happy people – and be sure to be one of them.
Other Things Make Us More Unhappy.
Possibly the scariest feeling in the world is the feeling of being trapped – to be in a situation where you just can’t move. When this happens because of external factors, it’s called “slavery” – and it’s not funny at all. But, when it happens because of our own actions – it’s called “bad habits”. Bad habits are very dangerous, because they trap us in a mental prison of our own making. But where others have no way out, only we can break the cycle and escape. And the only way to do that is to change our actions.
We Feel Guilty For Feeling Bad.
This is a dangerous feeling to have. Why? Because it’s a sign that you’re fighting against yourself – and you can’t win. Only you can change your situation, no one else can do it for you. So, if you’re feeling guilty – let go of that guilt! It’s holding you back, it’s keeping you where you are. Bad feelings – guilt, shame, regret, sadness – are important. They let us know when something’s wrong; they let us know when we need to change something. So, don’t ignore them – don’t push them away. Listen to them, ask yourself what they mean, and let them go when you’ve figured it out.
How To Celebrate Easter As A Family
Plan A Surprise Egg Hunt For Your Children
If you have young children, this is a great way for them to experience the joy and excitement of the Easter egg hunt. You can plan a surprise egg hunt with your child by hiding Easter eggs around the house or backyard. You can use plastic eggs or real eggs if you have space to keep them. You can also hide treats or small gifts inside the eggs. Note that you should avoid putting anything that could be a choking hazard inside the eggs. It is important to keep the hunt short so your child doesn’t lose interest. If you have older children, you can try hiding the eggs around the neighborhood or at a nearby park. This is a fun way to get your kids out and about while doing something they love – hunting for Easter eggs!
Go On A Family Hike
Plan a hike with your family at a nearby nature park. This is a great way to get everyone outside and moving while enjoying the beautiful weather. You can also take a walk in your neighborhood. Hiking is a fun activity for the whole family. You can also bring along a backpack with a couple of treats for your children. If you live in a hot area, make sure you go on a hike before the heat of the day. There is nothing better than spending quality time outside with your family. You can even create a nature hunt along the way. This is a great way to get children interested in nature and learning more about plants and animals. You can also talk to your children about the history of Easter and traditions that come with this holiday.
Bake Together And Make Special Treats
If you are creative and artistic, you can bake together and make Easter treats such as decorated cookies and candies. You can make traditional treats such as Hamantaschen (a Jewish pastry), Rugelach (an Austrian pastry), and Pashka (a Russian pastry). You can also make special Easter treats such as Easter bunny cupcakes, Easter bunny cookies, Easter egg-shaped sugar cookies, and decorated sugar cookies. These treats are great to serve at any Easter gathering, or you can package them as gifts for family members. This is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your children and show them how special they are to you.
Decorate Eggs With Your Kids
If you are artistic, you can decorate hard-boiled eggs with your children. You can use different colors to create beautiful designs. You can also use natural dyes made from ingredients such as coffee, red onion skins, and turmeric. You can then display your decorated eggs in a basket as Easter home decor. You can also use your decorated eggs to play traditional Easter games such as egg tapping. This is a fun game that people have played for centuries. It is a great way to get the family together and laughing together during this special holiday. Another fun egg decoration activity is to make an Easter egg tree. You can use a large branch from your backyard, a twig from a bush in your garden, or an indoor plant stalk. This can be a great addition to your home decor.
Go On A Nature Hunt
This is a fun nature hunt for all ages. You can search for different kinds of flowers that bloom during spring, look for different types of insects, hunt for leaves and create a bouquet for your home, and collect different types of rocks. You can also look for feathers, fur, and bones of animals. This is a great way to explore your backyard and get a better understanding of nature and what it has to offer. You can bring your nature hunt indoors by creating a nature craft with your children. You can create a terrarium, plant seeds, or build a model with twigs and leaves that you find in the backyard. This is a great way to learn more about nature while spending quality time with your family.
Play Games As A Family
If you are hosting an Easter get-together or having a family gathering, you can play games together. This is a great way to get your guests talking and having fun. Some fun games for your guests include the Easter egg hunt, Pass-the-Egg, egg rolling (where you roll hard-boiled eggs down a hill), egg toss, blindfolded egg balancing, and the old-fashioned Easter egg hunt. If you are hosting a family gathering with small children, you can play Pin the Tail on the Bunny, Bunny Hop, and Hide-and-Seek with the Easter Bunny. These games are great for kids of all ages.
Celebrating Easter is a wonderful way to bring people together and foster a spirit of generosity, love, and compassion. As you get ready for Easter, don’t rush the process or get caught up in trying to tick off everything on your to-do list. Instead, enjoy the preparation and use it as a chance to slow down and reflect on the significance of these special events in the life of Christ.