Have you heard the legend of the dogwood tree? It’s a fun, religious story you can tell kids at Easter time. Since we celebrate the entire 50 days of the Easter season here, we like to include the legend of the dogwood flower! Note* I’m not saying this legend is true, I’m just saying it’s a fun Easter story that my kids love!
The Legend of the Dogwood:
In Jesus’ time, the Dogwood tree had grown to a great size, like that of an Oak tree! They used it to build the cross that Jesus was hung on. This made the Dogwood tree sad. Jesus, sensing this sadness, promised the Dogwood tree that it would never again grow large enough to build a cross. It’s branches would be narrow and crooked-not good for building at all. And now the Dogwood tree has many traits to remember this promise.
The Dogwood flower has 4 petals, shaped like a cross:
The middle of the Dogwood flower, a crown of thorns:
At the edge of each petals, a nail dent:
The nail dents are stained with the color of Jesus’ blood:
So that’s it- the Legend of the Dogwood flower! I’m going to be posting some Dogwood flower crafts and activities this week that go with the legend. In the mean time, happy Easter season!