Let the journey be shaped by the curiousity of the child…
Earlier this year we celebrated Ostara. Normally we don’t celebrate Easter but this year my brother and niece will be staying with us and they do celebrate Easter. So today Maxi-, Midiman, Dad and I talked about Ostara and Easter.
With Easter we celebrate the rising of the death of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Son of God and heroically gave His life to die for our sins. On the third day after He died, the day we now celebrate as Easter Sunday, His friends went to His grave, and found that He had risen from the dead. They saw an angel who told them, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as He said it would happen.”
Why do both celebration come with eggs and a bunny?
What is the difference between the two celebrations?
It is hard for me to answer the first question. From a Christian point of view I can explain the eggs but I can’t explain the bunny. The Easter eggs are a symbol for the empty tomb. For Ostara it is easy. Ostara is a celebration that Spring is here and it is all about rebirth and fertility. What better symbol than an egg. The bunny who brings eggs is explained by Ostara’s story that she arrived late one year and found a bird with frozen wings and she saved him by turning him into a bunny. Since it used to be a bird, the bunny was still able to lay eggs.
For the second question. With Easter we celebrate the rising of the death of Jesus Christ. With Ostara we celebrate the arrival of Spring.
If you like to read more: Easter and Ostara: Converging traditions
>To get in the mood (again) of eggs and bunnies we printed out this lovely coloring page from MrPrintables.com. We love that website.
>Dye Eggs!! Kids love it!
>If your child is old enough, do an Easter Egg hunt.
>Make Easter Baskets together.
>Try planting kitty grass in a small pot to use instead of that fake plastic grass. It looks nicer, plus you’re helping save Mother Earth by using natural items rather than plastic, which gets thrown out and then just sits in landfills for all eternity.
>Make these lovely large peg gnomes to add in the Easter basket.
>Decorate your house for Spring.
>Read stories about Easter, Passover, or other Spring themes.