…for the 50 Days of Easter!
We’re about HALF WAY through LENT! How are your Lenten resolutions and programs going? Are you doing any of the 40 Ways for 40 Days?
Some of our resolutions and Lenten practices have been difficult to sustain and I am reminded once again for the need to recommit and refocus…each of these 40 days of Lent! Looking ahead to Easter…I remember that
the Season of Easter is 50 days long!
Banking on our experience from prior years, I think there is a natural tendency to pack a whole lot of celebrating, feasting and chocolate-eating on Easter Sunday and maybe even the couple days after…but we tend to forget that we are still in Easter celebration mode until Pentecost!
This is the most important season of our entire Liturgical Calendar…celebrating that Jesus rose from the dead…for our sin.. for each one of us!
Although all the stores are packed with colorful eggs, little chicks and bunnies…we’re not just celebrating Spring this time of year!
I’m looking for exciting new ways to celebrate Easter…with sustainable celebration
for 50 whole days!
Remember all the activities for Advent?…particularly the Advent calendars counting down to Jesus’ Birthday with little treats and activities? The Easter Season calls for even MORE celebration, sustained throughout the 50 Days!
DIY Catholic Kinder Surprises for the 50 Days of Easter!
Well, I just learned that Kinder Surprise Eggs are banned from the USA (is this true?), but this is what they look like here in Canada.
They are foil-wrapped chocolate (and milky-lined) eggs, each with a plastic popping egg inside. Inside the plastic egg, there is some sort of toy; some are ready-to-play and others are ready-to-assemble. These are pretty popular with my kids…and I thought it was a great opportunity to convert these little gems to be Catholic!
Surely, you have colorful plastic eggs for Easter and you are likely even hosting an Easter Egg Hunt! In addition to the treats opened at Easter, perhaps you will consider adding 50 plastic eggs for an even bigger Easter Egg hunt. These numbered eggs could be found in the Easter Egg hunt…but left unopened on Easter Sunday to be enjoyed one at a time throughout the Easter season. By making special efforts to fill these 50 eggs, mark them with numbers 1-50 and insisting that all but #1 are not opened on Easter Sunday, you can commit to really celebrating the fullness of Easter…and making this Season more memorable for years to come.
When filling eggs 1-50, consider what will make it exciting to open one egg a day for 50 whole days?
It’s difficult to imagine while we’re still in Lent (and the chocolate cupboard is empty!)…that chocolate may likely return in vast supply in just a few weeks. It’s even possible that there will be so much chocolate that those little chocolate eggs won’t warrant all that much excitement throughout the entire season of Easter. What other kinds of surprises and treats will grab attention for those 50 eggs?
Wouldn’t it be awesome if they could reflect our Easter Joy…and our Catholic Faith!?
Maybe you purchased Advent and Lent Quest, but only used one strand of chain links this Lent (there are THREE sets!). Consider rolling up a Saint link for each Easter Egg to celebrate a Saint of the Day in your own family way.
Perhaps you have made your own set of Wooden Painted Saints? The small size peg I use fits easily within the egg. You could scatter a collection of Saints or family member pegs throughout the 50 eggs…or deliberately place the corresponding Saint on their Feast Day egg.
Count ahead to special Feastdays coming up. Carefully fill the specially numbered egg with contents reflecting the Saint or the Feast Day! You may want to write the numbers 1-50 on the days of your fridge calendar from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, to make it easier to keep track of the eggs. I see St George, St Mark, St Catherine of Siena, St Joseph the Worker, St Philip and St James, St Dominic, Our Lady of Fatima, St Matthias, St Isidore the Farmer, St Brendan, St Paschal Baylon, St Rita, St Philip Neri, St Joan of Arc, the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Ascension of Our Lord and St Robert Feast Days…all happening before Pentecost Sunday on June 8!
Perhaps you have started working on little felt finger puppets…or even just cut out the pieces to be assembled and glued once they are removed from the egg. I absolutely LOVE these Lenten Finger Puppets over at Do Small Things with Love!
Change it up! Use a combination of treats, activities, Scriptural quotes and prizes so that the contents in each day’s egg is a surprise!
Consider using scotch tape to reinforce the seam so that the numbered eggs are not mistakenly opened on Easter Sunday…and have a hope of staying intact until they are opened within the 50 Days of Easter!
Display the numbered eggs in order on a mantle or in a fruit bowl …or string them up!
I would love to hear from you!
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