Friday, April 12, 2019

Empty Tomb Cookies and Easter Symbol Dinner

Easter Symbol Dinner 2017

In order to follow correct chronology, we should have celebrated The Last Supper last night,
but Sam had a meeting and I wanted him to be here for our traditional dinner.
So we mixed things up a bit.
Last night we made Empty Tomb Cookies and the boys loved it! They loved sampling the ingredients and reading and remembering how they tied into the story of Jesus' crucifixion.
Often I feel like religiously themed Easter activities for kids I've seen lack the element of reverence I'm looking for, but each time I've made these I have felt that things were calm and instructive.

Tonight the boys were roughhousing in the backyard as I prepared our table.
When they came in for dinner, I stopped them at the door to ensure shoes were removed, signifying the sacred nature of our upcoming dinner and discussion.
We closed our eyes for a few moments to bring some calm to the atmosphere, and then we gathered around the candle-lit table which was spread with a simple array of naan, hummus, avocados, tomatoes, honey, feta cheese, fruit, and grape juice, all on white dishes.
We had a prayer and music played as we began eating.
(I played this CD, which has been such a lovely addition to our Easter season this year! And PS, it's free with Amazon Prime!)
I asked the boys to point out all the symbols they noticed in our dinner.
We then each shared one of our favorite stories of the Savior.
I loved hearing what each of the boys chose:
Talmage: Jesus' transfiguration
Wesley: Jesus visits the Nephites
Lincoln: Jesus heals the woman with an issue of blood and Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda

Normally our dinner table is incredibly loud and energetic,
but tonight voices were hushed and everything was calm for a much longer time than I expected.
We ended the evening by reading about the Last Supper and the Garden of Gethsemane in the New Testament together.
It was a beautiful time for our family.

Things got busy after dinner and we ended up putting the boys to bed without opening the picture or watching the Bible video. I didn't think they were all that into it, but as I was putting them to bed I was met with protests.
"We didn't watch the Bible video!!"
"What about the picture???"

I guess it's making more of an impact than I had thought.
I promised them we could open the picture and watch the video in the morning, though, and they were appeased.
All in all, it was a lovely night!

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