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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Resurrection Rolls - Representing The True Meaning of Easter

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Growing up we never received Easter baskets and I've never given any to my kids.  I haven't been able to find the trued meaning of Christ dying on the cross and raising from the dead in giving candy.  I know there are things like resurrection eggs designed to give meaning to this, but since I've never given baskets, I figure "Why start now?"   Also, I tend pull away from the commercialization of the holiday.   ( My husbands family always does an egg hunt, so I promise my kids aren't deprived!)

I did find the following activity a few years ago and it's been a hit.  We've been doing this almost every year, it's fun AND meaningful.  It talks about the empty tomb and leads to greater discussion.

You'll need:
Large marshmallows
Melted butter or margarine
Cinnamon sugar mixture(1/4 c. sugar, 1 t. cinnamon)
Crescent Rolls (ready to bake type)

Have your children wash their hands and give them each a marshmallow.  Explain this represents Jesus, then have them roll it in the butter, which represents the anointing oil.  Next, you'll roll it in the cinnamon sugar, representing the anointing spices.  Place the marshmallow on a crescent roll, our tomb, and roll it up so that it is completely sealed (very important!).  Bake about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

When the rolls cool, give each child their roll.  When the tomb is opened. the marshmallow is gone!  Representing Jesus being risen!

*Tastes like a cinnamon roll.

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Amy said...

I love your perspective on this. I don't think we got Easter Baskets like they do today, but we did hunt for eggs, usually hard boiled. LOL
We haven't really gotten our kids Easter baskets either and for some of the same reasons, how does this apply to what Christ did for us on the cross?
Also I hate commercialized reasoning for buying yet more toys for our kids... that don't need more toys.
I too hope my kids will be ok from this "gap" in their lives. But like I tell all my friends, we are not saving for our kids college education we are saving for their therapy that they will need after having lived with us all these years. :) I am hoping that the lack of Easter baskets doesn't come up too early in those sessions.

Jamie @ I Am A Money Magnet said...

I totally want to try these! What a tasty way to present the Easter message! Thanks for linking to Thrifty Tip Tuesday!

Heather said...

Here is a cookie version - not as tasty, but it incorporates more of the Resurrection story -

Stephanie said...

Wow, what an awesome idea! My daughter is only eight months old so we aren't really doing the candy thing :) This post has definitely inspired me to really think about the true meaning of Easter.

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