It strikes me a bit that you do not see many Easter decorations here or Easter baskets and colored eggs for that matter. My hope is that means Jesus is kept the center of attention this holiday! We do enjoy putting out our Easter decorations from America and Germany still, doing egg hunts and the like. However, I thought this year I would try to create a centerpiece for our table with a different focus. I added the symbolism that came to mind with each item in parentheses.
Candy and chocolate covered almonds are one thing you find in mass during this season in Portugal—a great thing to fill a sugar and creamer (Jesus is the sweetness in our lives)! I had bought the quail eggs in Germany (New life is given). The candles are from home (Light shines in the darkness). I had never figured out what to do with the postcard before--it’s postmarked 1914 (the glory of the cross). I also thought the lamb basket my daughter made in German kindergarten last year was appropriate with the theme (humility and simplicity).
“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29
PS: If you’re looking for another great idea to incorporate the true meaning of Easter, my friend Emily wrote about creating a Resurrection Garden—a beautiful project for kids and adults together! Maybe we’ll try that next year!