Resurrection Eggs/Easter Advent Eggs
Today we’re continuing our ramp-up to Easter with what people usually call “Resurrection Eggs” (personally I like the term Advent Eggs)– another one of my goals for this year! “Advent” usually refers to the Christmas season, specifically the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, but I think the term fits well for the idea of counting down to and anticipating Easter. The Christian church at large has celebrated Holy Week (the Sunday before Easter, Palm Sunday, to Easter Day itself) for centuries, but in my church tradition it wasn’t particularly observed. There was usually some mention of Palm Sunday, and then obviously Easter, but in between the two was essentially nothing. I wanted to change that for my children, and do something to build anticipation and weave the Gospel accounts into the week leading up to Easter. I’ve seen the idea of Advent Eggs/Resurrection Eggs around more and more, and love it! It’s been on my list to do for um, probably two years (gulp), but I finally got it together this year! We do eight eggs, one for each day Sunday to Sunday.
It’s often done with plastic Easter eggs, but since I knew this would be a long-term tradition for us, I bought eight hollow wooden ones (plus I love the feel of real wood!). This is the Etsy shop where I found my hollow wooden eggs (they also have adorable toys!!). When I ordered, the specific egg size I wanted (7 cm) was no longer listed, but the shop did a special order for me no problem. I highly recommend the shop and its products (plus the box came covered in super cool Russian stamps!). We may paint the eggs eventually, but not this year…
Our Easter Advent eggs are a mash-up of this website and this list here. The first website is an excellent Holy Week line-up of verses, crafts, and songs for each day. (I don’t happen to be Catholic, but it’s a great resource for even us renegade Protestants. ;), and the second one is full of ideas of what to fill the eggs with and what verses to put with it. It seemed pretty obvious what to use for Palm Sunday, and then Thursday to Resurrection Sunday (given the timeline given in the Gospels), but I may tweak what we do for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The Gospels have a lot going on and it may take some trial and error to figure out what to highlight those days! Here’s what I filled the eggs with this year, and what verses we will be reading:
Egg 1, Palm Sunday: a palm leaf, read Luke 19:28-40 (also Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11) [the picture has a real leaf, but I’ll be finding a silk one soon]
Egg 2, Monday: A piece of soap and a bit of towel (washing the disciples’ feet), read John 13:1-20.
(You could also do cleansing the temple here, found in Luke 19:45-27 and Matthew 21:12-16. But I felt that feet-washing lays the groundwork for Jesus laying down his life better. After I already decided that I thought I’d check the book I’ll be using [see below] to see if it would be confusing with the story in the book, and lo and behold! They have feet washing on the second day too! So I think it was Providential. 😉
Egg 3, Tuesday: rolled up “scroll” (teaching in the temple), read Luke 19:45-48.
(My enthusiasm got the best of me and I trimmed 4 fancy toothpicks I had on hand down to size so that each end became a “handle”, and then glued them into each end of a strip of paper. I was pleased with the result, but I suspect that a plain toothpick with the sharp ends trimmed off then superglued in the paper would work just as well.)
Egg 4, Wednesday: 30 dimes for the 30 pieces of silver, read Matthew 26:14-15 (also found in Mark 14:10-11).
Egg 5, Thursday: cracker (for unleavened bread), read Matthew 14: 17-29.
Egg 6, Friday: nails and something thorny (I found a thorny vine in my very well-manicured[cough] yard, and a twig from a rose bush), read Mark 15:16-39 (also Luke 23:18-49) .
Egg 7, Saturday: a strip of linen and a stone, read Luke 24:50-56.
Egg 8, Easter Sunday: the egg is empty to symbolize the empty tomb, read Luke 24:1-12 (also Mark 16:1-8).
As I mentioned in my post on classic Easter books for children, this year we will be reading Easter Love Letters from God every day Easter week, along with opening our Resurrection eggs. The items in the eggs and the stories in the book don’t exactly correlate, but I don’t think it will be an issue. We’ll see. I printed up the verse references listed above and taped it in the front of my book so everything would all be in one place (I need all the help I can get to be consistent).
If you’d like to print this list of verses too, here is the printable: Advent Egg Verses and Items.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Resurrection eggs, but with the same concept, Just a Girl and Her Blog did a lovely box version.
The verses above are all relatively short; as my children get older we’ll read longer passages to expand the context, but for little ones, just the bigger events are a good start.
I feel like this is the first year Easter won’t sneak up on me and whiz past before I can get my act together enough to properly prepare for it! I’m excited for our new traditions, and will be sharing some other little ones soon (including food)! What traditions do you have?