How do we Vasiceks celebrate the Easter season, apart from Easter Sunday church? That depends upon the era of our lives. When our children were with us at home, we would enjoy a Good Friday leg of lamb dinner. I would read the Scriptures that picture Christ as the Lamb of God, we would enjoy the garlic-rosemary seasoned lamb (served with mint jelly), minted peas, and baked potatoes. After dinner, we would have our version of a Passover Seder. We would take three matzohs (unleavened bread sheets), hide the center one, and let the kids search for it. The child who found it was given a prize, and then we celebrated family communion with that matzoh (which we believe represented Jesus) and grape juice. The wife baked a cake in the shape of a lamb (from a mold) every year, and we would import chocolate lamb candy from the Chicago area (it is, sadly, unavailable here). Then it was off to church Friday night for the Good Friday solemn service.
On Saturday, we would dye Easter eggs. The wife would secretly pack Easter baskets with chocolate eggs and bunnies. The kids knew we hid the baskets early that morning; we taught them that the bunny was fictional.
Now that the kids are on their own in other states, our celebration has changed. We still participate in our Good Friday service, but we eat the lamb with good friends on Easter Sunday afternoon. Since we have to watch our cholesterol, Easter eggs are a precious memory. I tried it with egg beaters, and it just doesn’t work (OK, just teasing!).
Although the nature of our celebration has changed, our faith and joy has not. If you are a parent and embrace Christianity, let me encourage you to make sure your family understands what we celebrate on Easter Sunday.
Ed Vasicek is pastor of Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at email@example.com.