So, how can we learn to live as wide-awake people, as Easter people?… We ought to shout Alleluias instead of murmuring them; we should light every candle in the building instead of some… [Easter week] ought to be an eight-day festival, with champagne served after morning prayer… We should be taking steps to celebrate Easter in creative new ways: in art, literature, children’s games, poetry, music, dance, festivals, bells, special concerts, anything that comes to mind. This is our greatest festival.
I do believe that N.T. Wright is on to something. If Jesus is risen from the dead, we should be celebrating in a big way on Easter morning! Thinking forward to next weekend, I’d love to hear your fresh ideas on how to celebrate the Resurrection (particularly with kids) in a way that’s truly, well, celebratory. Here is the beginnings of a list, but please add to it in the comments!
- Serve champagne or sparkling juice for breakfast during Easter week
- Light every candle that you own
- Make or buy a “He Is Risen” banner to display in your home
- Ring bells and proclaim to one another that Christ is risen
- Give gifts to encourage spiritual growth (books, music, retreats, etc)
- Create a joyful Easter playlist and play it frequently
- Feast on rich or traditional foods and make decadent desserts
- Read books that tell the beautiful truth about the empty tomb
- Have a potluck feast at church or with friends during Easter week
- Attend an Easter Vigil on Saturday night before Easter (if you’ve never been to one, you’re missing out! Make sure to bring some bells!)