I was originally intending to put all of our Easter ideas this year into one post but I doubt that I will have the presence of mind once I have it all to actually do so. Also, Aquinas & More Catholic Goods is going out of business and having a sale. Since one of the items I'm posting is available there, it seemed like good timing...
We all know that one of the most challenging parts of family rosary is figuring out what to do with the antsy littles. We have used Stations of the Cross prints with great success and thought it would be nice to do the same with rosary prints.
This set is really beautiful and includes all 20 mysteries. We borrowed a laminator and laminated each print in heavy plastic. Before laminating, I printed a label with the name of the mystery and the corresponding virtue (from St. Louis de Montfort) and applied it to the back of the appropriate print. They turned out so nicely. I would take a photo but I don't want the kids to see them so I'll just be content with the description and the stock photo from Aquinas & More. The size, beauty, and durability of this set will be perfect for little eyes and hands.
Along with the prints, we will be giving a set or two of crochet roses, 10 in one color for Hail Mary's and 1 in a different color for the Our Father of each decade. This is such a great tactile way for the littles to count the prayers along with changing the mystery prints.
Kimberlee at Pondered In My Heart created these crochet roses for her children and wrote a lovely post about how to use them to lead little ones through the Rosary. She also has other beautiful and useful links and tips on the topic. You will not regret visiting... and following!
I first saw her idea here on Etsy at The Fig and Thimble (photo at top) and decided to ask the daughter of a fellow blogger (Heather at Happy Mom) if she would like some crochet business. Last Easter, I purchased crochet hair bows from her for my girls and their cousins and I know she is talented. She agreed and is now working on them for us. I will definitely post a photo of her work here when I have it in hand.
Our Easter baskets look different every year. We never give candy (since other people in the family more than cover that!) and do try to keep it faith-oriented in some way if we can. (See some links to ideas of years past listed below). Our budget changes year to year. Some years we give family gifts and some not. It would be easier on me if we always knew we were giving a chocolate bunny or something... but I'm not complaining... I enjoy the challenge and surprising the kids. I am thinking that this set of prints and roses will be a group gift because of the expense and purpose.
More Catholic Easter ideas from our home:
Easter Baskets: Catholic Style (Our Easter baskets from 2012)