March 20, 2023

Every year there seems to be a new trend or family tradition popping up during different holidays. A few years ago, it was Elf on the Shelf. During the month of December, a little ornery elf appears in different places in homes to help countdown to Christmas. Every family assigns a name to their Elf and the fun begins!

I’ve also heard of parents creating specialty-filled goody bags to use on New Year’s Eve to help count down the hours until midnight. The family opens one bag every hour to enjoy the surprises inside.

Most recently, I learned of families celebrating Valentine’s Day uniquely. Each morning, from February 1- 14, they place a heart on their child’s bedroom door stating something they love about that child. I thought this was a great way to celebrate not only Valentine’s Day but also celebrate the uniqueness of their children. This would be a great way to celebrate a spouse, too!

In the Methodist tradition, we usually celebrate Lent by giving something up during the 40 days before Easter. I tend to try and add things to each day, like a random act of kindness, taking extra time for my daily devotional, or writing a card to someone I’ve not spoken to in a while. This year, I’ve decided as a family we will make paper crosses and every day we’ll write something that we love about Jesus. By the time Easter arrives, we will have a door, wall, or notebook full of all the reasons we love Jesus.

I’ve always been a visual learner and my son is as well. I’m looking forward to waking up on Easter morning to this visual representation of all the ways and things we love about Jesus.

I encourage you as an individual or as a family to try and add something into your daily life to help you grow in your relationship with Christ. I’d love to see or hear your ideas. Let’s make this Lenten season memorable!

Taylor Easttom, Downtown Campus Director of Children’s Ministry