We tried this last year and I really liked it so we're going to do it again this year. So what is an Un-Easter Basket and why? I think it's different for every family. For me, I feel like this helps me keep the "holiday" about what it's intended to be. I want to always view Easter as a celebration of Christ's death and resurrection and the ultimate love story, as He stretched out his hands and died for us, our wretched sins and shortcomings. That's not to say that if you do regular Easter baskets that you are missing the point. This is just a way for me personally to SORT OF un-commercialize Easter and keep the focus on Jesus.
So how does this work?
We do ours on the Saturday night before Easter.
First you send your kids out to collect rocks (or you can collect them if your little one is still really young). After you collect your rocks, read and talk about Ezekiel 36:26, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." (NIV) Talking about the sins that make our hearts stony.
Then, with a Sharpie, you'll write down, on the rocks, the sins that each child struggles with (this should come from their hearts, perhaps with some help from you if they're really young).
Place the rocks back in the basket and cover it with a red cloth to remind us that Jesus' shed his blood on the cross for our sins. Then it's time for bed...
While your kiddos sleep, remove the red cloth, get rid of the rocks, place your gifts into the kids' baskets. When your kids wake up in the morning you can discuss how Jesus' death on the cross takes away all of our sins and He remembers them no more and He gives us a NEW heart. Just as the rocks are now gone and they have received new gifts.
I do ours, just a bit differently from Amanda, but she has pretty pictures to help explain the process so you'll definitely want to check out her post!
Last year Makenzie was still young so I didn't put much in her basket. She got a new "Really Wooly" devotional (which I highly recommend for young toddlers, we have both the "Bedtime Prayers" and the "Little Book of Bible Verses" and both were great for bedtime devotions). She also got a bracelet that says, "Faith, Hope, Love" along with a chocolate bunny.
This year she's getting a bit more. We got her the Adventure Bible for Early Readers, NIrV
A cross necklace that I still need to get, but I'm thinking something like this from TwoChicklets...
"What's in the Bible? Volume Ten " which is all about Jesus' life.
And of course some candy. Do you have any traditions that help you keep Christ at the center of Easter?