Easter Baskets

Over the years I have made a point of adding items to my kids’ Easter baskets that represent the REAL meaning of Easter — stickers, puzzles, booklets, pencils, etc.  When they were younger, I gave each of them an Easter picture book.  Some good titles include:

  • Easter ABCs by Isabel Anders
  • The First Easter by Carol Heyer
  • Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Easter is for Me! by Dandi Daley Mackall
  • Journey, Easter Journey! by Dandi Daley Mackall

Here is a link to some books for young children:  http://www.cph.org/searchnew.aspx?SE=0&SearchTerm=easter%20books&pagenum=1&pagesize=9999&viewall=Y&cset=1&sortby=Rank%20Desc.

Last year I began a new tradition since my kids were tweens or nearly that age.  I gave each of them a biography about a Christian man or woman who has had an influence in our world.  Most of the books come from the Christian Heroes Then and Now series:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_16?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=christian%20heroes%20then%20and%20now&sprefix=christian+heroes%2Caps%2C310.  Another series which shorter books is the Hero of the Faith books:  http://www.cph.org/p-22271-hero-of-the-faith-biography-set-8-books.aspx?SearchTerm=biography.

This year I am keeping the basket simple since they are all tweens — one biography, a few small treats, and their favorite candy in a larger size.

What do you put in your children’s baskets?




Valentine’s Day

Each year as February rolls around, I’m ready for emphasizing love within our family after spending a greater amount of time indoors than usual.  Since Valentine’s Day comes this month, I’m ready to make it less about romance, and more about learning about the greatest love — God sending his one and only Son — and sharing that with my family.  It’s not very elaborate, which is good, but this is how we celebrate:

In late January I pull out my Valentine decorations.  These decorations include some Bible verse hearts like this one:

Bible verse heart

I bought some inexpensive hearts from Michaels one year and added several different LOVE Bible verses to each one.  I hang them throughout the house.  We don’t really talk or discuss this very much, but they are there.

I also have a heart shaped box sitting in the kitchen.  It’s our Valentine’s kind note box.  Just before Valentine’s Day, each family member will write a short note to each family member.  To help them make sure they include everyone, I have printed out strips of paper that read “to” and “from” and include one for each person.  When they finish writing the notes, they will put them in the box.  On Valentine’s Day we open it and share the kind words with each other at supper time.  When they were younger, they told me what to right (except on my note which my husband wrote down.)

I also try to have a special dinner for the whole family on Valentine’s Day.  This year I also hope to share a little bit about the legend and origin of Valentine’s Day with them.

Do you have any special ways of celebrating Valentine’s Day with your family?