All went well this Easter Triduum and almost according to plan.
On Holy Thursday we did manage a Paschal Meal. Sort of. We did not do the whole format with readings, etc., but did serve lamb chops, herb salad, unleavened bread and the diced apples with walnuts, cinnamon and honey. (I splurged on the last three packages of lamb chops at the grocery store!) We talked about the time when the Jews were slaves in Egypt, the plagues and the Passover. We were pleasantly surprised at how much they remembered from reading Old Testament Bible stories!
Good Friday was covered in a previous post - the hot cross buns turned out tasty yet a bit dense. The snow made for slippery roads and Stations were done at home, followed by the first snowman worthy snow of the winter. We re-lit the candles, bty, and carried them upstairs to use instead of the electric lights. The children loved it. We finished up our Lenten path on the window by placing the paper corpus behind the paper tomb and
rolling taping the paper stone in front. It worked for the children, but next year I might try this instead.
The morning of Holy Saturday we did make cut-out cookies, well I actually did it all while the children watched some Easter videos. I decorated this candle -
The Easter Egg hunt commenced after lunch. The system we worked out is this: each child chooses and fills eight plastic eggs of the same color. If a child discovers an egg that is not his/her color, it is left alone - they may only put eggs of their color in their basket. This has saved us huge headaches!!!
A second basket was also hidden for each child with goodies. Here's a sampling:
a metal pail filled with chocolates
a chocolate bunny
Burt's Bees lip balm
a jump rope
stuffed chicks that reappear each year
Here are the Easter baskets that Sunshine left for Mom and Dad:
The baby was treated to a new Pat the Bunny book - the first one miraculously lasted through three children - not the sturdiest toddler book ever made!
And, of course I had to get some good books in there - each child received a favorite book they had been wanting:
Easter Sunday went as planned - a snowy drive to Mass in Flensburg where the choir is always well practiced and the parishoners friendly. And a big ham supper at my in-laws'.
A Very Happy 50 Days of Easter to you and your families!