28 March 2013

Our Holy Week

One of the best things about having family traditions is once they are traditions, you don't have to plan too much how you're going to celebrate--you just do what you always do! I dug up my Easter Week post from two years ago, and made a few slight changes.  Why reinvent the wheel?

We're going to abstain from all sugar (and caffeine and alcohol) to get ready for the Easter feast (which hopefully will have plenty of all three). I'm going to clean out my freezer of frozen casseroles, soups, meats so I don't have to focus too much on meals during the early part of the week.

M: school

T:  school/homeschool group

W: Preparations for the weekend, Vespers. Make hot cross buns.

TH: Lentils for dinner; read the Lord's Supper part of the Small Catechism; Maundy Divine Service

F: Hot cross buns for breakfast
Cover all the crosses and icons in the house
Color stations of the cross coloring pages (HT, Aubri)
Sing "A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth" after reading the Good Friday account
Make an Easter garden (this one is really fancy, this one more simple)
Color Easter eggs with Oma
Simple pasta, marinara + veggies for dinner
Tenebrae Service at church

Quiet evening and bed early.

S: Rest, try to play quietly, family activities, read Easter picture books, have kids make their own Easter baskets
Preparation for Easter: baths, lay out clothes, decorate the house after the kids are asleep, breakfast prep., fill Easter baskets

Easter decoration ideas: An Alleluia banner (perhaps one you "buried" back in February), lots of cut flowers from your garden (not happenin' this year), an Easter scene (check Hobby Lobby), set table with fine china for tomorrow's meal, uncover covered crosses. Balloons, streamers, white "Christmas lights."

Resurrection Sunday: Rejoice! Eat! Receive God's gifts! (And sing all those alleluias we've been saving). After church we'll have dinner at my parents; then we'll have dessert at my in-laws'. There will be lots of candy, Easter egg hunting, cracking, outside games, and singing (we try to sing lots of Easter songs on Easter).

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I Peter 1:3

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