Seeking A Way to Observe Lent & Create A Meaningful Easter Tradition for Your Family?

If so, you may want to consider implementing a tradition of “Giving up to Give”.

Easter is steeped in the tradition of giving: God gave His Son. Jesus gave His life. In light of this, developing a tradition of “Giving up to Give” during the Easter season could represent not only a very relevant and but also a truly meaningful process for your family!

There are any number of “Giving up to Give” methods, one that I find especially easy to undertake is a Mite Box Project because steps for a Mite Box Project are few (and simple). “Giving up to Give” through a Mite Box occurs across the course of Lenten Season, as everyone in the household donates money generally spent on items that they’ve “given up” for Lent – coffee, candy, soda, weekly pizza night, etcetera – to the family Mite Box.

Mite Box Project:

Select a charity that helps those in need. Help your children decorate a box with Easter symbols. Put a slot in the top of the box. Discuss and finalize the item(s) each family member is “giving up”. Then display the box where everyone in the home will regularly see it, and will be reminded to “give”. On Easter, empty the box and count the change together, then drop off or put a check in the mail to your charity for that amount.

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me”  (Matthew 25:40).

Adapted from 10 Lenten Traditions to Enrich Your Family’s Easter Celebration (Barbara Curtis, 2010)

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