I took the past week off, so my children and I could really focus on Jesus for Holy Week. When I was growing up, my family didn’t celebrate Holy Week, and I didn’t even know what it was until a couple of years ago. I knew that I wanted to do more with my kids than just celebrate on the day of Easter.
Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter or Resurrection Sunday. It is celebrated by many Christians around the world, so each day we did an activity or had a treat that would have us exploring Jesus’s last days before He was crucified.
We made palm branches by tracing hands on green construction paper and pasting them to popsicle sticks.
We watched Sunday service online, as well as a couple of Palm Sunday cartoons on Right Now Media.
We started a Resurrection garden. (This was our first year putting one together.)
We ended the day with a Palm Sundae. (Please don’t mind the melted ice cream; it was fresh out of the churn and it took a minute to get everyone’s scooped out and take a picture.)
We continued through our Resurrection garden activities and discussed how Jesus taught His followers.
That evening we had sweet, soft pretzels for our treat to teach us how we should pray. (I forgot to take a picture before taking a bite of my pretzel.)
More Resurrection garden activities and Easter Week cartoons on Right Now Media.
Tuesday evening we had donuts to remind us: “Donut forget to pray!”
We discussed Judas’s betrayal of Jesus for 30 silver coins.
We ate the rest of the left over donuts for the evening’s dessert.
The grass started to sprout in our Resurrection garden.
We continued the discussion of Judas and watched an episode from Super Book about the Last Supper and Jesus praying in Gethsemane.
During some of our Advent activities during the Christmas season, I stumbled upon the idea of a shepherd’s meal; so we had a shepherd’s meal and Communion in the evening. (Jesus is the Good Shepherd!)
We watched a broadcast on zoom from the Jews for Jesus organization, which was very interesting and informative.
I gave the kids little “money” (treat) bags of chocolate for dessert, as a reminder of the 30 silver Judas received for his betrayal.
We continued with Resurrection garden activities and studying the Bible to learn how and why Jesus took on our sins so that we may live.
The weather was so nice here that we spent a good chunk of the day outside. We went ahead and had our Easter egg hunt. (Yes we do some of the more secular traditions too.)
That evening, the hubs and I watched the Passion of the Christ (after the kids had gone to bed of course). I hadn’t seen it since I was a young teenager, and I was surprised to learn that my husband had not seen it at all. Now that I am a mom, the scenes with Mary, Jesus’s mother, just broke my heart so much. The whole thing is heart wrenching, but I don’t remember the movie having the same effect on me when I was younger, the way it does now.
He is risen! We enjoyed Sunday morning service from the comfort of our home. We also watched the last of the Easter series cartoons and just had a slow, relaxing day.
That evening we watched Sight and Sound’s production of Jesus on TBN. It’s not the same as seeing a show live, but it was still good and the kids were able to watch too.
I hope everyone had blessed Holy/Passion/Easter week!
We sure did!
(Note: Even with all of the treats, we still follow a low carb/ketogenic diet.)