Beyond Baskets & Eggs: Creating Lasting Easter Memories

As our children grow and change from each Age and Stage of childhood, so do our traditions, and Easter is no exception! Even if our celebrations look different this year, we can still reflect on the essence of the holiday.

In the early years, we love dressing up in pastel-colored outfits, hunting for Easter eggs, and receiving goodies in our baskets. As our kids get older, maybe excitement remains the same, but their interests evolve along with the contents of their baskets.

As time passes, our Easter celebrations may change. They’re squeezed in between other commitments, or our kids may ‘outgrow’ their enthusiasm for the holiday. This transition can bring up a mix of emotions, but one thing remains constant: the true story of Easter.

Easter is the foundation of the Christian faith! Jesus, the Son of God, fulfilled prophecy (Isaiah 53) and through his death, has given the gift of eternal life to those who believe in his death and resurrection and also place their trust in Him! Read the entire Biblical account of Resurrection Day in Matthew 28, Mark 16, and Luke 24.

As our families transition and evolve, what matters most are the values and memories we hold dear. So, as we approach Easter this year, let’s ask ourselves this important question,

“What do I want my children to remember most about Easter?”

On Purpose Parents answer this question first to create more meaningful experiences and memories that will stay with our kids throughout their entire life! Intentional holiday celebrations will help your children move closer toward becoming interdependent, life-long followers of Jesus, who desire to make a Kingdom contribution.


  • Chris Reed | Pastor to Parents | Saddleback Church

    Chris married his beautiful bride, Tina, in 1990. They have three wonderful adult children, Jacob, Kaylee, and Macie Joy. Chris began pastoring at a church in Los Angeles in 1995 where he was the Children’s and Student Pastor. He was the Executive Pastor of Student Ministries at John Maxwell's church in South Florida before he came to Saddleback in 2008 as our Pastor to 20s/30s. He has since served as Pastor to Singles and Pastor to Marriages. He is currently our Pastor to Parents leading the charge for all things Parents Ministry at Saddleback. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

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