Friday, April 2, 2010

preparing for easter


on wednesday, i went to jack's classroom for a parent teacher conference and was lucky enough to see the tomb that jack had been talking nonstop about for the past two days.  during holy week at vdm, each class makes a "tomb" and decorates it however they like.  they put a stone in front of the tomb and leave it that way when they all go home for spring break.  when they come back after easter, the stone has been removed and there is a lily sitting inside each tomb.  then they get to have their easter celebration.  jack's teacher, mrs. jakubowski (who i absolutely adore, by the way) told me that jack was pretty much the designer of their whole "set-up" (my kids are big into setting things up.  have i mentioned that?).  it is a very sweet tradition and i love how into it all the kids get and how very seriously they take it.





then, last night we had our cousin luke over to spend the night.  we had a lovely dinner and then i made "resurrection cookies" with all the kids.  this is the first year i have ever done this, but all the kids seemed to really love it.  they listened and participated and it was all very sweet.  basically, you relate all the steps of making the cookies to the passion and at the end each cookie represents a tomb.  you leave them in the oven overnight and when you wake up in the morning, you break the cookies open and they are empty inside.  lucy didn't seem too phased about Jesus dying on the cross (it wasn't anything new, as she already understood this part of the story), but she looked absolutely horrified when we came to the part that said the roman soldiers hit Jesus in the face.  she couldn't get over it.  perhaps it is more relatable than crucifixion, i'm not sure, but she keeps asking me if that part really happened.  i wish i had a picture of her face when i read it... seriously horrified.  although her face "beating" the pecans is rather awesome...
  


 after you put the cookies in the oven, you "seal" it with tape...


then, you get to open it in the morning (and who doesn't love cookies for breakfast?)...


and the cookies are "empty" inside just like Jesus' tomb on Easter morning...


Hope everyone has a lovely Easter!

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