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6 Inspiring ways to feel (and prolong) the joy of Easter

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Cerith Gardiner - published on 04/04/21

Let the spirit of Easter embrace you and your family today and for the weeks to come!

This year, Christian families across the world will be celebrating Easter with joy in their hearts and hope for a brighter future. Whether you’re filled with joy, need a little inspiration, or you’re a little down, look to the ways Easter joy can be found:


Be inspired by the real story of Maria von Trapp and discover the sheer joy to be had in celebrating this most sacred of seasons with tradition, devotion, and joy in your heart! While the von Trapps had their own traditions, you can also develop some that suit your own family and continue them through Easter week.

Delicious desserts

Especially for those who’ve abstained from chocolate or other favorite edibles during Lent, these delicious French classic chocolate desserts will make your efforts all the more worthwhile. Whether you “borrow” some Easter chocolate form your kids, or invest in some good dark chocolate, take time to make one (or two, or three) of these desserts throughout Easter week and your whole family will be filled with joy … and a few extra calories!


Not everybody will be feeling as joyous as they’d like this Easter. Whether it’s due to the stress of the past year, loneliness, or because life is challenging, there is always inspiration to be found in Sacred Scripture. So take time to read some of these carefully chosen passages to raise your spirits and inspire a little Easter joy.

Your children's joy

While your children might be enjoying some much-deserved Easter treats, there’s something very special about receiving a gift that captures a little Easter spirit that will last a little longer than breakfast! So look to this gift guide and see if there’s something you’d like to get for your child in the week to come to extend the joy even further.

Beauty in art

With museums and art galleries shut, many people are longing for the beauty of the arts. So why not feast your eyes (from the comfort of your sofa) on these works of art that demonstrate the joy of Easter through beautiful depictions of the resurrection of Christ, and on the overall theme of resurrection?

Prolong the joy!

As you wake up today with the excitement of Easter, it’s important to carry this joy throughout the octave of Easter — and for the entire Easter season! Perhaps this year, more than any other, you can really celebrate this most important season in the Christian calendar, and take some time to indulge yourselves with these simple but slightly decadent treats and activities.
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