For anyone out there who is like me and really has begun to evaluate how you celebrate Resurrection Sunday with your children, I wanted to provide an alternative to the traditional Easter Basket that takes away the Easter Bunny and gives the stage back to Christ.
Now I am not in any way condemning those who choose to incorporate the Easter Bunny. It’s just that we have personally decided that ole fella had to go and we needed to place more value on what Easter is truly all about for our children.
After much research, I discovered the idea of something called The Resurrection Basket. (You can find this original idea at http://www.notconsumed.com )
You take a simple small basket and fill it with only these few items: a small bag of jellybeans, 1 candy bar, 1 package of Rolo’s, 1 box of band aids, 1 chocolate cross and 1 tiny Lindt chocolate lamb which can be found at Target. You can of course also add some cheap plastic grass for the bottom and a couple plastic eggs if you choose.
I expanded a little further and also added a small $1.00 toy gift item.
This is what my basket looks like:
If you go to the website mentioned above, you will find that she offers a free printable containing the adorable labels you see in the image above. All of them except for the Romans 6:23 label I made for the extra item I chose to add.
The purpose in the labels is that they each contain a passage of scripture which allows each item in the basket to be used to tell the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Such a small gift but such a MIGHTY tool for teaching the power of God’s love, grace, and forgiveness.
I chose to add the extra gift because I wanted to give a something to symbolize the gift of eternal life Christ gave to us when He chose to die for our sins. While there is not much material value in this basket there is a HUGE amount of value placed on Christ and the sacrifice He gave all those years ago.
Easter doesn’t have to be all about lavish gifts and fancy clothing. As a matter of fact, it shouldn’t be. It should be all about recognizing that the whole point in Christ dying was to give us grace and forgiveness. Material things fade, candy is eaten and toys get broken but the knowledge of the power in Christ’s death and resurrection can never perish or be shaken.
That is the ultimate gift of grace and I will take a basket of that any day.
If you would like to download the free labels from Not Consumed to make your own Resurrection Basket, you may do so by going here. If you would like to add a little extra gift like I did you can download the label I made for that by clicking on the image below.
Happy Resurrection Sunday!!!
Blessings and Love,