This Spring we will celebrate Easter in a special way, but one of our favorite Spring holidays is celebrating Pentecost. I will share with you about both….

One thing that has been helpful for us to establish our family traditions and holidays is to calendar out planning time for each holiday. At the start of the new year, my husband and I always sit down and write on the calendar (about one week before the anticipated holiday) “plan for ______.” So this year, I know that the Monday before Easter, Danny and I will sit down together after the kids are asleep and plan out that day. Then, I can be prepared with all the necessary materials, and he feels prepared to lead that day.

So….Easter. We love celebrating Easter! For Easter, we always invite a family from our church over for lunch then we go on a “Promise Hunt.” The Promise Hunt consists of 7 bottles each stuffed with colored construction paper with one promise of our coming Messiah found in the Old Testament. Five of the promises are written on orange paper, one on black paper (a prophesy of Christ’s death), and one on yellow paper (a prophesy of Christ’s resurrection). Then we top the bottles with the lids and Danny hides the bottles in the backyard. The kids then proceed to hunt for all the promises, and after collecting them all in their baskets we sit down in our living room to open them and read the promises together. We read the orange promises first, then the black, then the yellow…thus we end with the resurrection of Christ. We enjoy the simplicity of the day with a focus on celebrating Jesus. We are thankful that God always keeps His promises. We are thankful for the promised Christ.

Our Family Traditions Calendar continues. One of our favorite holidays is celebrating Pentecost. It is believed, according to church history, that Pentecost happened about 49 days after Easter. We host a Pentecost Party at our home and invite others who we know would enjoy being thankful for the third person of the Trinity with us- the Holy Spirit! The purpose of our Pentecost Party is to celebrate the outpouring of God’s Spirit and His empowerment to the Church. Our Pentecost party has a decoration theme of red, fire, and wind for the Spirit. We light lots of candles, make spiritual gift wind mobiles, sing songs in different languages, read stories of “old guys” who had unique encounters with the Spirit, and (last year) Danny read Acts 2:1-21 then read excerpts from a book about the New Hebrides revival. After that we spend a good time in prayer together with those present, asking for the Spirit to do a work in our hearts, our church, and our community. It is always a very sweet time that ends with a red “snack” of some sort…last year it was strawberry ice cream (not hot, but red) 🙂