That’s what he told me when I asked him to pick some up. But I promised there would be no candy involved. He wasn’t convinced but he got them anyway. I think he’ll be happy with this little project…
A few short years ago, when I was in seminary, Brother Anderson filled a dozen Easter eggs with various items representing the atonement/resurrection. We opened them and discussed them one by one. I wanted one in the mission field. I’ve wanted one in my home. When I think about making one I blow it way out of proportion and the task overwhelms me. Fast forward to the epic chocolate failure and the ban on all things sugar…five days before Easter. I decided it’s time. No matter what. A quick search uncovered many links to Resurrection Eggs [as this project is apparently called], but none that held exactly what I was looking for [dang! I knew that would happen].
Have I mentioned that I make things way too hard on myself? Sigh.
But, I’ve finally done it. Mission accomplished. etc.
Here’s what you need:
- A small container of perfumed ointment of some sort. I’m using this [only I sanded the label off].
- A piece of a palm frond. I kept it long and just rolled it. I’ll probably have to get a new one every year so it doesn’t become brittle and break.
- A piece of bread [unleavened if you’ve got it] and a sacrament cup [going to have to hold on to one at church on Sunday].
- A chunk of soap + piece of towel [optional – I’m using a piece of an old sock].
- A tiny bag or vial with olive oil. I chose olive oil because I want my kids to know that Gethsemane means olive press. I hope we can discuss the significance of this without it going over their heads. At least the older ones.
- 30 pieces of silver [though I’ve noticed that most people are using three dimes for simplicity]. I’m going with 30 dimes. I think my kids will initially think, “Wow! that’s a lot of silver!” But then we can talk about how little it really is.
- A feather. With three little hens running around my yard, you’d think I’d have this covered, but of course, I had to steal one from the super-duper husbands fly tying kit.
- A piece of a thorny branch + a swatch of purple fabric. I was happy to find a tiny little branch with loads of thorns, so I used
my trusty glue gunwire to fashion a little crown.
- A thick nail + a wooden cross. I forgot to pick up the cross at Michael’s and I apologize for this pathetic excuse of a nail. Going to have to talk to the man when he gets home.
- A few broken looking rocks [no river rocks allowed]. I also painted the inside of the egg black, though you could use a black piece of paper or something… also, the reference to three days of darkness is from the Book of Mormon. If that’s not your thing just go ahead and cut the bottom off. I wanted to be able to discuss the signs in Jerusalem as well as the signs in the Americas.
- Spices [myrrh and aloe], a strip of white linen, and a flat, round stone. In a stroke of brilliance, I decided to check and see if the health food store had myrrh. They did! So cool.
- 12 plastic Easter eggs
- Printed copies of the scripture reference/quote strips available here. I’ve situated it so you can print both sides. Plain paper [not card] is best. It will roll better. Also, please pay attention to the cut lines. Number 5 spans the width of the entire sheet, so don’t go cutting down the center first [you’d think I would have remembered that…].
Honestly, the hardest part of this project was deciding which of my 22 options I was going to use [that’s right… twenty-two]. And then, after narrowing it down/combining things, choosing the words I felt conveyed best the feelings + discussion I wanted the words to evoke had me wringing my hands as well. Hopefully I’ve succeeded.
How to share this with your family:
Open the eggs one by one in sequence. As each egg is opened read the quote [and I also highly recommend reading the scriptures referenced if you think your kids can handle it] and discuss the significance of the event. This is such a wonderful opportunity to help kids understand more about the Savior and the Atonement. More than any other Easter activity I’ve ever done, preparing this project has brought an abundance of the Easter spirit to my heart. I hope it will do the same for you.
ps. All Bible references are from the King James Version.
pps. If you like flag/banner option shown as an example in the first photo, simply print the reference sheet [labled “back” and omit the quotes on the front], ignore the cut lines and create your own flag/banner shapes. The quotes do not fit in this option.