Twelve days before Easter, we get out our plastic colored eggs and begin to open them. In each one is a little symbol, something that goes with the Scripture we'll be reading, and a slip of paper with a Scripture reference on it. The readings pretty much follow the events of the last week before the crucifixion. I'll list what we have in each egg.
Egg #6 = pieces of dried tortilla (bread). Bible = Luke 22:7-20
Egg #9 = a crown of thorns, made by a friend who twisted some tiny branches into a ring, and a piece of purple fabric. Bible = John 18:28-19:5
Egg #10 = a cross made by gluing matchsticks across each other. Bible = John 19:6-37
Egg #11 = a little stone. Bible = Matt. 27:57-66
Egg #12 = EMPTY! Bible = Matt. 28:1-8 and John 20:1-31
Along with these readings, we have a wallhanging quilt that we made probably ten years ago by having the four oldest children draw pictures on fabric that depict the Bible readings.
(I have no idea why these are on their sides - they're not that way in my file. Sigh.)
We have several favorite books to read during this time also. They include: The Very First Easter by Paul L. Maier, The Easter Story by Carol Heyer and Peter's First Easter by Walter Wangerin Jr., and The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs.
I hope your celebrations are delightful and God-honoring and I