Focus on the Family

Easter Traditions That Matter

Here are some ideas to help your family embrace the reality of Christ's resurrection.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos

No Easter morning would be complete without eight little words. These words uniquely signal a cherished tradition in our home. In the predawn darkness, I walk into my daughter's room, bend over and whisper in her ear, "Happy Easter, Ally. It's time to get up!"

Ever since my middle daughter, Allison, was 7 years old, she has accompanied me to the sunrise service in our town. Of my three daughters, she is most willing to brave the cold and dark.

This annual sunrise celebration is more than bonding time; it's the perpetuation of a tradition I enjoyed with my dad. When I was 7, my pastor-father invited me to join him at the local ecumenical Easter sunrise service. That year, they let me help distribute bulletins as worshipers arrived.

I remember his warm hand jostling my shoulder as he woke me. I remember the woman who sang "The Holy City" — she had only one arm. Mostly, though, I remember how easy it was to visualize the first disciples journeying to the tomb in the darkness only to find it empty. The experience touched me spiritually, and I felt a special closeness to my dad.

As my attendance at sunrise services continued through the years, Allison is the only one of my girls that has experienced the same joy I felt as a kid. Even so, I've found other traditions to enjoy with Kristin and Lauren.

The Easter traditions we enjoy as a family help embrace the reality of Christ's resurrection. Perhaps your family can enjoy them as well.