16 Ways to Make Easter More Special

Walk into any store right now, and you’ll be bombarded with Easter baskets.

Easter candy.

Easter outfits.

Easter toys.

Easter cards.

Would you like some ideas for games, crafts, and treats to use with your kids and your family for Easter? I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

We’ve commercialized and monetized this holiday celebration just like it was any other holiday celebration.

However, this is not an ordinary celebration.

This is the “granddaddy of them all.”

This is the “super bowl” for Christ-followers everywhere.

This is the day that changed all of history.

This is the day that our Hero defeated death and came out of the grave!

“He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.

Come, see where his body was lying.” Matthew 28:6

So, I want to invite you (and me) and everyone else who claims the name of Christ to try to be more intentional this year about including Jesus in your Easter celebrations.

Yes, get dressed up and go to church.

Yes, enjoy a huge lunch.

Yes, have at least one Easter egg hunt. (My kids repeated the egg hunts for days!) 

And, yes, purposely focus more on Jesus.

I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

None of these take a lot of preparation, but each suggestion will give you a tool for making this holiday more meaningful and more special.

(I invite you to try to add JUST ONE of these ideas to your celebrations!)

Here are 16 Ways to Make Easter More Special:

1} Celebrate with praise music.

Don’t wait for Sunday morning.

Start playing praise music now! And, play it all the way up to Easter.

Crank up some tunes that will cause you and your family to worship, to praise and to turn the focus toward heaven.

Ideas to help you to do this:

  • IHeartRadio – enter an Easter song like, “Christ is Risen.” A whole playlist will play after the song.
  • YouTube – find some great songs and turn them up.
  • Play CD’s – dig out some old favorites and turn them on.
  • Turn on K-LOVE.
  • Find the Seasonal Celebration or Inspirational Channel on your cable directory and play music through your TV.

2} Get some “Resurrection Eggs” and use them.

My kids loved these Resurrection Eggs, and they do all the work for you. The whole story of Jesus is told through these simple eggs.

You can buy these eggs at most Christian bookstores.

Or, you can make your own set. Here’s a link to show you how: http://www.creativebiblestudy.com/resurrection-eggs.html

3} Drive or walk around over the next few weeks and look at everything that is in bloom.

Talk about how “new” and “fresh” everything looks.

Explain to your family that God made all things new for us by sending Christ to die in our place.

Here’s a Verse you can use – He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”‘ (Revelation 21:5a)

You can say something like: “Just as God makes all the plants, flowers and trees new, so also He can make our lives new as we trust in His Son Jesus to save us.”

Would you like some ideas for games, crafts, and treats to use with your kids and your family for Easter? I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

4} Take a moment to explain what it means that Jesus died and rose for you.

Share your testimony with your family and friends.

Talk about how Christ has made a difference in your life.

Would you like some ideas for games, crafts, and treats to use with your kids and your family for Easter? I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

5} As you are preparing to hunt for Easter eggs, read the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10.

The last verse (verse 10) says, For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

Explain that Jesus comes looking for us just like we go looking for lost eggs.

Say something like: “He seeks after us to save us, just as we seek after those eggs!”

Or, “He hunts for us with His grace just like we hunt for those little eggs!”

6} Watch at least one video, movie or TV show that shares the true story of Easter.

Some Movie Ideas

  • The Passion of the Christ – for older crowds
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Amazing Grace
  • The Jesus Film
  • Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol
  • The Greatest Adventures of the Bible – The Easter Story

Would you like some ideas for games, crafts, and treats to use with your kids and your family for Easter? I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

Would you like some ideas for games, crafts, and treats to use with your kids and your family for Easter? I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

I also found these links for additional movie ideas:

http://www.hearitfirst.com/news/best-easter-movies-top-20-christian-films-for-easter

http://www.macxdvd.com/mac-dvd-video-converter-how-to/cannot-be-missed-10-easter-movies-for-kids-in-the-last-10-years.htm

http://www.christianbook.com/page/easter/easter-dvds/easter-dvds-for-kids

7} At Sunday lunch, go around the table and answer this question: what does it mean to you that Jesus rose again?

Since you asked the question, you could start.

Share a short answer, and then invite others to do the same.

You could say something like: “Because Jesus rose again, I have hope for our future.”

Or, “Because Jesus is alive, I have victory and peace.”

8} Take time to intentionally praise the Lord.

While driving, try the alphabet praise game.

Start with the letter “A” and say something for which you can praise God.

For example:

“I praise God for being AMAZING, AWESOME, ABLE.”

“I praise God because He is BIG, BEST, BLESSED, HE BOUGHT ME.”

“I praise God because He is CARING, COMPASSIONATE, CHRIST.”

Go through the whole alphabet in this same way.

Some letters are harder. You can work together on this one!

Make it fun, and teach your family to praise, all at the same time.

9} Read the Easter story together from the Bible.

You can use an easy to read translation or a paraphrase for young children.

Here are the main passages in the four Gospels:

  • Matthew 27:1-28:10
  • Mark 14:1-16:13
  • Luke 22:39-24:12
  • John 18:1-20:31

You can read all of a passage or just a part of one.

The story is familiar, but it is so good to hear it read each year.

10} Read an Easter book or two – you can find many at the library or at Lifeway.

You can also download a book to your Nook or Kindle to read.

Here are some book ideas:

  • Benjamin’s Box by Melody Carlson
  • Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergen
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Mike Berenstain

Would you like some ideas for games, crafts, and treats to use with your kids and your family for Easter? I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

Would you like some ideas for games, crafts, and treats to use with your kids and your family for Easter? I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

For more Easter book ideas, I found this wonderful post:

Best Children’s Easter Books: http://www.notwiddletwaddle.com/2012/03/best-childrens-easter-books-my.html

11} Create an Easter craft together.

Since this is not really my thing, I did a little research.

Here are some wonderful-looking ideas that I found:

Would you like some ideas for games, crafts, and treats to use with your kids and your family for Easter? I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

12} Make some “Resurrection Cookies” or “Resurrection Rolls.”

Link to bake Resurrection Cookies: http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/resurrection-cookies-easter-scripture-eggsactivity-day-idea/ (pictured below)

Would you like some ideas for games, crafts, and treats to use with your kids and your family for Easter? I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

Link to Resurrection Rolls: http://www.coffeewithus3.com/resurrection-rolls/ (pictured below)

Would you like some ideas for games, crafts, and treats to use with your kids and your family for Easter? I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

13} Pray together as a family.

This doesn’t have to be anything profound. It can be very simple.

Let everyone express their thanks to God for the gift of His Son.

Short prayers are great.

There is nothing sweeter than a little child talking to Jesus!

14} Attend an Easter service on Friday night or on Saturday.

Go to church more than once during Easter weekend. 

Most churches have services at all times and on all days over the Easter weekend.

Check online and find an “extra” church service you can attend. Plan it now! Go and join in.

Make a new memory and start a new tradition this year.

You can read about our amazing adventure to an extra church service last year by clicking HERE.

15} As you are tucking your kids in bed, remind them that you love them and remind them that God loves them.

Share John 3:16 with them as you are saying goodnight.

You can even add their names into the verse like this:

“For God so LOVED    (child’s name)      that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16, NKJV

16} Personally take a few moments over the next few weeks and thank God for the gift of Jesus.

Tell Him how much His sacrifice means to you.

Stop and reflect on what He did for you when He sent Jesus to this earth.

Think on the words of this passage from 1 Corinthians 15:3-5:

“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me.

Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.  

He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”

That’ it!

It’s really that simple.

My challenge to you (and to me) this weekend is this: enjoy Easter and remember to celebrate Jesus in the midst of it all.

My prayer is that we will all lift our eyes to heaven a little more often over the next few days.

And, here is your FREE printable of 16 Simple Ways to Celebrate Jesus MORE this Easter! Just right click, save, and print!

Would you like some ideas for games, crafts, and treats to use with your kids and your family for Easter? I want to offer some simple ways you can intentionally infuse more of Jesus into your Easter celebrations.

I’d love to hear back from you if you try even ONE of these ideas!

You can comment in the section below or email me at helloredds@gmail.com.

As always, it’s a blessing to connect with you!

*This post was edited, updated, and posted from April of 2015.

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20 thoughts on “16 Ways to Make Easter More Special

  1. Thank you Melanie. You are always so uplifting and I am so encouraged by your sweet words.
    He is Risen!

    1. Thanks, Susan!

      Appreciate you stopping by and leaving a good word!

      Blessings to you!
      He is risen!
      Melanie

  2. Your website is so uplifting. I can not think of one time that I have read it that I have not felt more excited about getting out there and sharing Jesus! God has truly blessed you with the gift of sharing and teaching! Thank you for letting God use you in such a beautiful way and being such an inspiration to me and I’m sure many others!

    1. Hey Jeri,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind and encouraging word today!

      Grateful that God would use my words to encourage you to share your faith! I want to share more boldly and freely as well!

      You have blessed me today, and I pray that God will inspire and bless you all weekend long~
      Melanie

    1. Thanks, Dianne!

      Sure do appreciate you and your sharing of this post!

      You are a blessing~
      Melanie

  3. I am kinda dreading Easter since my kids seem to catch some horrible plague and we all end up really sick every year. It’s kinda funny but not so funny, ha! I love the idea of Resurrection eggs! I so want to make that happen this year.

  4. These are great – and I have a #17 -> add some special reading to your own private worship to get your heart ready to celebrate resurrection. Desiring God usually offers something free for holy week, and I’ve used a couple of John Piper’s books throughout Lent in years past. Melanie, I so appreciate how practical your posts always are. You speak to the heart and then get us off our seats and moving toward righteousness!

  5. Beautifully phrased introduction & great suggestions. My kids are young adults but there are many things on your list that would benefit the old & the young alike.

    I have been so grieved this week… Over my sins; Over what God went through because of His great love for me; Over what Jesus willingly subjected Himself to in order to be reconciled with me; and the cruel & vile things that were done to The Lord of Glory.

    My heart has been continually singing “Above All” by Michael W. Smith. I feel like I’ve been given a deeper insight to the way Jesus’ followers must have felt… Fear, disappointment, hopelessness, shame, & gut wrenching grief.

    BUT… SUNDAY’S COMING! (actually, it just arrived!) I love the songs you suggested & it is time to exchange the mourning clothes & the spirit of heaviness for the garment of Praise!

    Halleluia! ! Christ is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!!!

    Thank you for all that you do to share The Good News of our Lord & Savior! God Bless you & your family!

    Love ~Jackie T.

    1. Thanks, Jackie, for stopping by to leave a sweet word!
      And, I love all of the songs too. There is something so powerful about the music!
      I just want to remind you of one thing – His mercies are new every morning.
      No matter where, no matter what, no matter who – His compassions never fail!
      Praying that God will bless and encourage you today!
      Love you,
      Melnaie

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