Considering how much fun I had with the new Advent traditions I started for my family this past Christmas, I was intrigued when I read about Resurrection Eggs in the book Memory Making Mom by Jessica Smartt. It’s a pretty Smartt book (hehe) — but seriously, I highly recommend this book for those of us who like having family traditions and rhythms. If you want to start traditions and don’t have them, this book will give you more ideas than you could ever imagine, and then you can figure out which ones work best for your family. As a school teacher, I truly believe that students with a strong family life are better prepared for what life throws at them — and it throws a lot at them nowadays. Having the types of rhythms and traditions Smartt recommends would give a sense of security and also nurture curiosity. Anyway, back to the Resurrection Eggs. I had never heard of them, but it’s one of the ideas mentioned in this book. A quick Google search will give you plenty of DIY ideas for Resurrection Eggs; they would be very easy to make at home. I ended up ordering some online because I am in a pretty busy season of life, and they were priced very reasonably. The idea is that your family gets together and opens one Easter egg each day, starting 12 days before Easter (since the pack holds a dozen eggs). Inside the eggs, you’ll find a symbol from the Easter story. There’s also a short reading to go with each one. This builds up interest and gets the family ready for Easter when it comes. Lent is a time to reflect upon suffering and sacrifice, which could be an intense idea for little ones, but the Resurrection eggs tell the story in a way that would be memorable and accessible for everyone in the family. I’m going to give it a whirl, and I have a feeling it will become a tradition. I got a few other ideas from the book that I’m going to use this Lent and Easter as well.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for an Easter present or a new Journaling Bible, I was sent a really pretty one from The Artisian Collection in return for my honest review on Book Look Bloggers. This is probably the most pretty Journaling Bible I have ever seen. Teal is my favorite color, and I love how the flowers are weaved with the music notes on the cover. I plan to gift it to someone who will enjoy it. It has a musical and creative theme, which I think is neat. Even the outer edge of the pages have a design on them when you close the Bible. Personally, I am already working in my second Journaling Bible, so if this is a spiritual practice that you get into, you will probably end up owning more than one Journaling Bible too. Of course, you can also do Bible Journaling in a plain sketchbook if the cost or commercialism of it are a negative for you. Personally, I really like having so many different creative options, but don’t ever feel like you have to spend a lot to make Bible Journaling a part of your life!
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. – Colossians 3:23