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Have you ever heard of a Jesus Blessing Basket? My sister and I got Easter baskets growing up, until we were probably preteens. Once we hit that age, they stopped. A few years later, I convinced my sister to do Easter baskets for my parents to show them that you are NEVER to old for Easter baskets.
That being said, Easter baskets were always a cute thing that we did as a family growing up, but it wasn’t something that was tied to Jesus. Most of the time, kids look forward to Easter morning when they get cute Easter baskets full of candy and all kinds of goodies. They open all their stuff and then…move on with their day. The little trinkets mean no more to them than the discarded Christmas trinkets from a few months prior. The Easter baskets are just something that’s part of Easter, but no one can really explain any connection it has to the real meaning of Easter.
As parents, Greg and I want to do our best to be intentional about our parenting. We want to have a reason why we do things, rather than just following customs and traditions because it’s what we did as kids. We know that we want to focus on Easter being the greatest time of year, because it is the time we celebrate all Christ did on the cross. However, we don’t want to take the fun out of it.
After scouring the web, I found this idea of a Jesus blessing basket. I combined a bunch of ideas and added some of my own to come up with this idea.
How the Jesus Blessing Basket works:
- All week long, we have been talking to our children about Holy Week. We have been explaining the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We have been helping them understand that their sins have consequences.
- This week, every time our kids made mistakes (well, each time we remembered to catch them), we had them go outside and pick up a rock. Sometimes, it was easy to find a rock. Other times, they would have to search it out.
- They would then bring the rock inside and put it in their basket (it’s really more like a bucket).
- When they sinned, we would explain that each time someone sins, there needs to be a consequence for that sin.
- On Good Friday (today), we explained that to God, the consequence of sin is death. Someone had to pay that penalty for the sin. Because of His great love for us, God sent His Son to take the payment for our sin. We then put Jesus’ name over our names on the basket. Jesus Christ died on the cross for us, so that we might have eternal fellowship with God. He took our payment and our debt is fulfilled. At this time, we covered each of their baskets with a red cloth to symbolize Christ’s death.
- The red cloth will remain on the baskets until Sunday morning. On Easter morning, the red cloth will be replaced by a white cloth. We will explain that God took our sins, and has made us clean. Not only that, but through the resurrection, Christ has conquered death and sin, He is as pure as snow.
- We will uncover their baskets, and instead of rocks, they will have a basket of goodies. We will take this time to explain that God takes our sins and gives us blessings through His grace. All we have is by His grace and He loves to give His children good things.
I am so excited for Sunday! This lesson has been such a fun one. Our 2 year old barely understands what is going on, but our 3 year old totally gets it. At first, she was so excited to collect rocks. She was looking for ways to get more rocks. That was when I explained that each rock was a consequence. She decided then, that maybe she didn’t want more rocks. Also, in regards to the Easter basket, I tried to be really intentional to get things that wouldn’t just end up as clutter in our house. I tried to get creative about things I knew they would like and use quickly. We also are not into feeding our kids a ton of candy. In case you need them, here are some ideas:
Chalk for outside
You could also include an Easter story. Check the link below for a list of 15 Christ Centered Easter books. Now, keep in mind that you could buy these things from Amazon (and I would be grateful for the affiliate cash) or you could do what I did and go to the dollar store. I bought a huge basket of goodies for each kid for under twenty bucks total.
Do you do Easter Baskets? If so, what do you include in your Easter baskets?