Make your own banner to focus on Jesus at Easter. Who knows? Maybe it will become a new family tradition!
Easter is probably my favorite holiday. I mean, without it, nothing else really matters.
I knew when we started having kids that it was going to be difficult to wade through the bunny rabbits and candy and egg hunts, and really focus on the resurrection of our Lord. I wanted something intentional and Christ-centered that we could do together every year as our own family tradition and to prepare our hearts to celebrate our risen Savior.
I heard about this banner from a family friend who grew up doing this with their family and we have been doing it ever since.
This devotional comes from the book Family Celebrations by Ann Hibard. This book is no longer in print, but it is pretty easy to find a used copy online. The book contains the directions for making the banner and lays out all of the devotionals, so this blog post will not be a tutorial, just an explanation for how it all works.
The book suggests starting the devotional 7 weeks before Easter. We aren’t that organized and usually do the whole thing in one week before Easter.
Focusing on Jesus At Easter – A Family Tradition
How it works:
You make a bunch of stepping stones out of felt with pictures on them that represent different parts of the resurrection story. (I recommend using the felt that has a sticky back to it like these.)
- A tree to represent the first sin and our need for a savior.
- An altar and flame to represent the sacrifice that God asked from Abraham.
- A lamb to represent the perfect sacrifice.
- A snake on a pole to represent the snake that Moses lifted up for the people to see (like Jesus on the cross).
- A bunch of grapes with a drop of blood. This reminds us of the vineyard in Matthew 21 where the evil farmers killed the landowner’s son. The drop of blood represents Jesus’ blood given for us.
- A bottle of perfume like the perfume Mary poured on the feet of Jesus.
- A palm branch for the triumphal entry.
- A loaf of bread and cup to remind us of the Lord’s Last Supper.
- A praying hand to represent Jesus’ time in the garden of Gethsemane.
- A rooster for the bird that crowed after Peter denied Jesus.
- A crown of thorns like that placed on Jesus’ head.
- A cross.
- And a cave to represent the tomb Jesus was buried in.
Each stone has a short devotional and is placed on the banner leading up the hill.
When the kids go to bed on the night before Easter, you flip the banner around so that the first thing when they see when they wake up is a beautiful gold banner declaring the good news!
Now that’s something worth looking forward too!