I'm sure, like everyone else, Easter looked a little different this year. Let me tell you, we're missing our church family like crazy right now. We're one of those families who is at the church building about every time it's open. I don't know what to do without that and am going a little crazy despite maintaining a regular "church" schedule through online avenues. It's nowhere near the same.
I'm also one of those who loves to dress up for Easter. All the way up to a hat most years. But who wants to dress up to stay home? And when it's raining all day long, that just puts an even larger damper on the matter, too.
Anyway, that didn't mean we couldn't celebrate Easter anyway.
Normally, on Easter weekends, everything is rushed. We help coach the kids from our congregation who participate in Lads to Leaders, and so most of Saturday is taken up cheering them on during a usual year. This year, the conference was cancelled for obvious reasons, so we had a nice relaxing Saturday full of sunshine playing in the backyard and new experiences.
One of the experiences was making resurrection rolls. If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's a crescent roll wrapped around a large marshmallow that was dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar. When it bakes, the marshmallow disappears. So, call the rolls the tomb and the marshmallow Jesus, and then when you open up the tomb, it's empty. My kids weren't as impressed as I had hoped, but it still gave us an opportunity to talk about the real reason for the celebration this weekend.
And we didn't give up all our traditions. Without church services at any particular time, we could have a more relaxed Sunday morning. We took pictures of the kids in their finery I had made (matching outfits) Saturday afternoon when we saw the weather moving in. And my husband grilled our lamb roast Saturday night so he wouldn't have to do it in the rain Sunday morning.
We got up and had our traditional orange cinnamon rolls, one of the few times of year I make them from scratch. And the kids explored all their goodies left in their baskets and hunted eggs in the living room. We did our online worship, had our lunch of grilled lamb and cheesy potatoes and peas. And the rest of the day was full of naps and playtime and togetherness.
It wasn't a normal Easter. But that didn't mean it had to be a bad one. I hope yours was as great as ours. Did you work out a way to keep a normal tradition? Did you start any new ones?
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