As I am busy going through all my photos of my incredible weekend at Tiffany's….I thought I would re post a few things that we did last year leading up to Easter.
I hope you enjoy them and photos are coming VERY soon:-)
We have so many beautiful books that tell the story of Easter.
Before we read any of our other books we spend a week or so reading The Lamb by John R. Cross.
read one chapter each morning. We have read this story for the past
three years and it tells the story of WHY Jesus came and died.
is such a wonderful reminder to me and the children. The book is
beautifully illustrated and even has questions at the end of each
chapter. I am an avid book collector of children's books and I don't
think I have ever seen a book that explains Easter so perfectly and
If you are interested I am sure you can find it in your local Christian bookstore or online at Christianbook.com.
Our family has loved the tradition of making resurrection cookies the night before Easter.
I would love to know if you try them for the first time and what your children think.
It is such a simple way to share such a powerful message.
|1 c whole pecans
1 t vinegar
3 egg whites
1 c sugar
oven to 300 degrees F. (this in important – don't wait until you are
halfway done with the recipe!) Place pecans in a zipper bag and let
children beat them with a wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
Explain that after Jesus was arrested
he was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3
each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain
that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11.
a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the
rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed
by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27.
far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 sugar. Explain that
the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us
He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.
with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are
formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's
eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isa.1:18 and John 3:1-3
in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie
sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus'
body was laid.
Read Matt. 27:57-60.
the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.
Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.Explain that
Jesus' tomb was sealed.
Read Matt. 27:65-66.
TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven
overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20 and 22.
Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the
cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first
Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matt. 28:1-9.
HE HAS RISEN!
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Love the resurrection cookies!! I have never heard of that, it sounds like a wonderful family tradition. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂
I had never heard of either of these…the cookies or the book but I think we will be copying you this year. Thank you so much for sharing and I cannot wait to make these cookies! My 3 boys will LOVE this whole thing. I love that you share your love for the Lord on your blog with hesitation or fear of rejection. Have a wonderful Easter.
I’m totally doing this! I just forwarded it to my sin in law too. You are awesome. Where on earth did you come up with this? Such a great idea.
He is risen, indeed!!!
Thank you for the recipe, Jeanne. What a sweet and wonderful tradition!
Have a blessed Easter!
Thank you for sharing this sweet tradition! I have never heard of these before, I’m sure my younger kids will love this. I will check out the book The Lamb as well. Have a blessed Easter! Theresa
I love the idea of the cookies Jeanne ~ I gave the recipe to my girlfriend a few years ago and she made them with her kids. It was a yummy way to send a powerful message that Easter is not all about bunnies and chocolate.
I saw some pictures of your week-end on Facebook and on Kim’s blog ~ it looks like you ladies had a fabulous time.
That is the sweetest recipe I have seen! My boo-boy will LOVE it… he is so into Jesus right now! 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
That is a wonderful idea!
Wow! Thanks for sharing — that is wonderful and so touching!
We made those cookies a few years back. I’m sure my kids don’t even remember it. Need to revisit that again.
Can’t wait to see all your beautiful treasures you made:)
That looks like an amazing book! I’ll have to pick one up for us. 🙂 And the cookies look yum!
How we need a generation of young people who live the truth that Jesus is a Risen Savior! Thank you for having the heart to teach yours!!
What a beautiful tradition Jeanne. HE HAS RISEN!
I remember reading this on your blog last Easter, and I loved the idea then just as I do now! I will be sure to make these with my kids this year.
Thanks for sharing!
Looks like you had such a wonderful time at Tiffany’s! What a fun group of gals to be surrounded by and create with.
love the easter cookies…we made them last year and now its a tradition! the kids loved the story and they asked so many questions…i’m looking forward to see how it goes this year.
Wow! Thanks for sharing — that is wonderful and so touching! And the cookies look yum!