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Countdown to Passover and Easter

on April 1, 2014

A couple of years ago, our family wanted to make Easter more meaningful and memorable by developing our Family Easter Traditions.  I want to share with you today the ideas we came up with, so you can use them in your family, too!

First, we have a 10-day countdown that lasts until the day before Easter.  Although it doesn’t follow the official Passover, it does overlap it, and the way we do it works well for us.

The 10-day countdown focuses on the Plagues of Egypt in the Book of Exodus, chapters 7-12.  Here are the references we use for each:

DAY
PLAGUE
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE
1 – Thursday
Water to
Blood
Exodus
7:14–25
2 – Friday
Frogs
Exodus
8:1–15
3 – Saturday
Lice
Exodus
8:16–19
4 – Sunday
(1 week before Easter)
Flies
Exodus
8:20–32
5 – Monday
Cattle
(Work Animals)
Exodus
9:1–7
6 – Tuesday
Blistering
Boils
Exodus
9:8–12
7 – Wednesday
Hail Fire
Exodus
9:13–35
8 – Thursday
Locusts
Exodus
10:1–20
9 – Friday
Darkness
Exodus
10:21–29
10 – Saturday
(Easter Eve)
Death of
Firstborn
Exodus 11:1-10;
12:1-42

To make the countdown more fun for the kids, we have a picture to represent each plague.  We put a picture on the calendar to mark the day we talked about that plague, and to help the kids remember all of the plagues.  I found the pictures below by searching online:

On the last day of our countdown, the day before Easter, we have our Family Passover.  Below I’ve included links for the documents we use:

It has been very rewarding for our family to have a Passover Meal for the last 2 years.  The script we’ve adapted from other versions, and it suits our family well.  It even works for our toddlers!

Then, on Easter, we do our Resurrection Eggs activity.  This helps remind our children about the story of Christ’s Atonement and Resurrection.  You can find many versions of these on the internet as well, but here’s a chart of the ones we use:

Egg #
Story &
Object
Scripture
Reference
1
Jesus’ Triumphal
Entry into Jerusalem
(leaf)
Luke
19:29-38
2
Judas
Arranges Betrayal (coins)
Matthew
26:3-5, 14-16
3
The Sacrament
(cup)
Mark
14:16, 22-24
4
Praying
in Gethsemane (red cloth)
Matthew
26:36-46
5
Soldiers
Scourge and Mock Jesus (knotted rope)
Matthew
27:27-30
6
Jesus is
Crucified (nail)
John
19:16-18
7
Sign on the
Cross (sign)
John
19:19-22
8
Soldiers
Divide Jesus’ Clothing (die)
John
19:23-24
9
Jesus’ Burial
(white cloth)
Matthew
27:57-60
10
The Stone
of the Tomb (rock)
Matthew
28:2-4
11
Women Come
to the Tomb (spices)
Mark
16:1-2
12
Mary at
the Empty Tomb (empty)
John
20:11-18

We have one dozen plastic Easter Eggs, each numbered and containing one of the objects.  As the eggs are opened, we first give our children the opportunity to tell how the object relates to the Easter Story.  Then, we read the scripture reference.  The Resurrection Eggs are a great finale for our 11-day Passover/Easter Celebration!

If you feel like your family would benefit from any or all of these ideas, please feel free to use them.  It has really made Easter more special for us.  May you and your family have a wonderful Easter this year!

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One response to “Countdown to Passover and Easter

  1. Miranda says:

    Thank you for putting this together! I look forward to doing this with our family!

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