I love bringing out the Easter eggs that our children decorated when they were little every year. The more years pass since they made them, the more special they have become. They bring back memories of us making them together and they make a great decoration and conversation piece. Most everyone who sees the antique basket of decorated eggs for the first time raves over the visual feast. I look forward to the day when our great-grandchildren get to see the eggs in the basket and I get to tell them the fun family stories we had together making them. When Easter season is over I carefully wrap each one in bubble wrap and then place them in a large sealed tin. So far, I haven’t broken one.
Decorated Blown Eggs
1. Poke holes in both ends of a large white egg (raw).
2. With something the size of a skewer or paper clip try to puncture the egg membrane and yolk inside the egg a couple of times. This helps the yolk to come out more easily.
3. Blow the contents out of the egg. You can use a small straw (coffee stirrer) ear bulb syringe or just your mouth (that’s what I did) into a bowl.
4. Rinse the egg out and let it dry for a couple of days.
5. Decorate with enamel or acrylic paints. You can place colored tissue on some eggs and then a clear coat on top of it. Some of the eggs even have beads glued on to them. Encourage the older children to paint scenes that depict Easter (3 crosses and empty tomb)
6. Let them dry and then place on grass in an old basket.
Another special Easter tradition we do every year is a table centerpiece depicting Calvary with three crosses and the empty tomb with an angel inside. We celebrate the first Lords Supper and Passover the night I light the candles inside the tomb and at the cross.
Directions for centerpiece:
~Ex-Large cookie sheet (it’s so big it doesn’t fit in my oven. I only use it for this centerpiece)
~I roll of sod (get from your local homeowner or farm store that sells bags of soil, flowers, etc)
~1 or 2 small pots of flowers
~Crosses made from tree branches, held together with dental floss or twine
~The tomb was made from a big chimney pipe. I covered the outside of it with rocks.
When our kids were really young they weren’t happy about how long a Passover dinner took, so we shortened our version of a Passover dinner. Our shortened version is this…
1. All lights off except the candles on the table
3. We pass each food item and tell what each represents.
Dinner; Roasted lamb, unleavened bread (Matzah- Hebrew), boiled eggs, chopped apple recipe (Charoset- Hebrew), chopped potato recipe, bitter herbs (Parsley) and salt water, horseradish and new wine
4. Dale reads the account of the Israelites leaving Egypt from the book of Exodus… He then reads, Luke 22 about the Passover dinner with Jesus (Yeshua) and His disciples the night before He is crucified. Dale explains how Jesus was the unblemished Lamb sacrificed for us and that He arose victoriously from death. Then we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We then shift and look forward to the future Wedding Supper of the Lamb. He reads from Revelation 19.
4. Prayer, come Lord Jesus!
5. Everyone is dismissed from the table, lights turned on
5. Hot cross buns for desert and then we watch the movie, Jesus Christ of Nazareth (our kids did get tired of watching the same movie every year)