Lent and Advent are both a time of waiting. Hence the same liturgical color- purple. I’m not going to get into any deep Lenten theology here (because that’s not my ‘thing’) but I am going to plead my case for holding off on Easter celebrations with your family until Lent is totally over.
The season of Lent lasts 40 days. These are the 40 days that Jesus was in the desert. He was hungry, and tempted. As Catholics, this is a time when we pray, fast, and give alms. It is a time to sacrifice, repent, and reflect. It’s not a time to indulge in Cadburry Creme Eggs and fill our homes with colorful bunnies.
Here’s the thing- even though we wait for a whole 40 days to celebrate Easter, the Easter season lasts for 50 days! That’s right- we get to celebrate for 10 whole more days than we wait! 🙂 This entire Easter season is the perfect time to throw Easter parties, make Easter crafts with your kids or CCD classes, make yummy Easter treats (even in the shape of empty tombs!), do Easter projects with your kids, bake cookies in the shape of eggs, and on and on! You can seriously do these things all the way up to Pentecost!
Good Friday is a day that should be taken especially solemly. It is our time to remember when Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us, and even children can be taught to observe this day with respect. I’m probably preaching to the choir asking Catholic Icing readers not to throw Easter parties on Good Friday (right? RIGHT?!), I’m just surprised how much of this I see!
So I’m going to challenge you this Lent: Hold off on the Easter celebrations until Lent is over! Check out all the Lenten Acticities for Kids I have posted, and keep your family in the true meaning of this season!
I would also like to talk about “cheating” your Lenten sacrifices on Sundays. I know so many people who get upset about this! Here’s the truth: The Sundays during Lent don’t count in the 40 days. Seriously. Check out my Lenten Calendar if you don’t believe me. We, as Catholics, make a sacrifice every Friday of the year (whether we abstain from meat or choose an alternative sacrifice) because Jesus died on a Friday. Likewise, each Sunday to us is like a mini-Easter because Jesus rose on a Sunday! The joy of Jesus rising is so important to us, that on Sundays, we celebrate! You can think of Sundays during Lent as a little oasis in the middle of the desert. So don’t judge if
cheating mini-Easters aren’t your think. Judging is just an icky thing to do anyway. 😉
Soon, you’re going to see me start posting about Easter. I do this ahead of time so you can make plans, and do your shopping for craft supplies and food. My family will not be celebrating Easter until the actual Easter season. I’m not going to deny that Easter takes some planning, and this can’t all be completed after the Holy Saturday vigil. Also, we do dye our eggs and make Easter story cookies on Holy Saturday. Every family will find what works for them.
One more thing- when it is time to celebrate Easter, celebrate the true meaning of Easter with your kids! Make Easter about the Lamb, not the Bunny! 🙂Pin It