My holiday boards on Pinterest are prolific. If I’m lucky, I remember to consult them in the weeks leading up to a holiday so that I can implement some of the amazing ideas I pinned. So many fun things to do, so little ability to focus my energy on them…
A couple years ago, I came across a great Easter idea and couldn’t wait to do it with the kids. It’s so incredibly simple but carries the gospel message. We call it “egging.” Now don’t get your shorts in a knot, we are NOT wasting perfectly good eggs on desecrating our neighbors’ property. No no no. Somehow, I don’t think that would convey God’s love. Even though it might be oddly satisfying…
It’s like this:
If you are semi-crafty, you can create the egging card yourself. If you are like me, you can follow this link and just print it on card stock. Have your kids color or paint the egging card and cut it out. This part is important because if you don’t do the card, your neighbors WILL NOT GET IT.
Then, go dig out some of those lovely plastic Easter eggs that seem to multiply in your storage closet every blessed year. If you have lots and lots of eggs, you can egg lots and lots of people! We usually pick two or three families.
Fill 11 of the 12 eggs with a treat of some sort. This year, we bought a bag of jelly beans, but we’ve been known to fill our eggs with stickers and other non-candy treats. If you live in a location where there is a risk of hot sun on the day you egg, I don’t recommend chocolate. Eat the chocolate yourself and put something else in the eggs.
We used to have an excess of Easter baskets thanks to Gigi and Papa losing their marbles every year and forgetting that they are not the Easter bunny. Egging was a great way to get rid of those baskets we really didn’t need. We could use the basket to carry the eggs to the house we were egging, then leave the basket and note on their doorstep. If you have extra baskets, this is a great idea because the egg-ee will automatically have a way to gather eggs. This year, we are out of extra baskets so whoever we egg is just going to have to provide their own egg-gathering device.
The most fun part for my kids is sneaking into someone’s front yard to egg them. They hide the twelve eggs as quickly as possible so they won’t be seen, leave the note on the doorstep, ring the doorbell and make a run for it! It’s all very exhilarating.
When our neighbors make the discovery that they’ve been egged, they’ll gather the eggs and get some treats but the greatest gift of all is in the empty egg because it’s a reminder that JESUS IS RISEN! And that, my friends, is what Easter is all about after all.
So, get the kids together, and go egg some people! It’s just a small way to share the joy of our resurrected savior his Easter.