Our precious lamb figurine holding it's Alleluia candle sits in the middle of what was the crown of thorns now decorated to celebrate Our Lord's triumph over sin and death.
The children also woke to find a giant bowl filled with bags of goodies made in the shape of Easter symbols; the egg, cross, lamb, peacock, butterfly, bells, bread of life and the lily. Jessica inspired me to also make a booklet to go along with the symbols explaining what their connection is with the Feast of the Resurrection. My plan is to let the children enjoy a symbol a day throughout the octave of Easter much like the twelve days of Christmas candies they enjoyed.
Here's a peek at most of them. I hadn't made the lilies yet, but those can be found over at Catholic Cuisine.
They were most surprised to find that the Easter Angels had not forgotten our little one, who's new nickname, by the way, is Cupcake! A super sweet friend pointed out what a cute blog name that would be and everyone here agreed. The pysanky eggs that each child found in their basket are wooden and beautifully painted with such intricate details. The stuffed peacock is just adorable and is being well protected by BigBoy until Cupcake arrives. He's even using the baby names book to find a name for it.
For those looking for ideas to celebrate the full fifty days of the Easter Season, I can point you in two directions: