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#Hallelujah Day 1 of the Easter Advent Kit for Holy Week

All Photos by Amy Little

Day 1 Hosannablog-01Are you with me for the next 10 days?  The Easter Advent for Holy Week starts today!   Do not worry if everyday doesn’t follow the outline exactly, do what you feel your family needs.  For today, you’ll need your print out of the 5X7 Hosanna print and create your Hallelujah garland if you are choosing to display this piece.  The garland can take up to a couple of hours, so try to get some little hands to help you out with the cutting.  If you ordered the main kit from HERE, the leaves are printed on 8-1/2 X 11 yardstick, but keep in mind, the palm leaves and letters are also available in a larger kit sold separately HERE.  These are to be printed on 12X18″ cardstock.

The first day (today) outline shares the scriptures from the Easter story, a couple of online videos and 3 discussion questions to ponder.  Prepare in advance your own thoughts before you try to facilitate this.  After the devotional, decide as a family, a time each night and write it on the calendar for the next 10 days of when the family devotionals will start.  Whether it is the same time each day right before bedtime, or a different time each day alternating in the morning or evening, depending on the family’s schedule. Post the time in a visible place so everyone knows when the family will gather.  Maybe you put a sign on the fridge or pantry door, but make it easy to spot.  Just a reminder to tailor to your family’s schedule and needs.  I am going to combine a few lessons, because I won’t be starting our family advent until Monday, when my daughter returns home from her mission (squeal!)

A word about Easter baskets:  I spoke to Maria (MeckMom and a contributor here at SugarDoodle) the other day, and she shared with me that her family is doing Conference Baskets instead.  I loved that idea.  Her children can get their treats and treasures that first Saturday morning in April and watch conference with a firm grasp on the goodies. My youngest daughter was standing by me as the conversation with Maria was going on, and she panicked that I might not be giving baskets altogether.  Of course, it’s been one of her favorite tradition!   I explained to her that our family would have a different kind of Easter experience this year, and that I was not cutting out the springtime fun, just changing the time of when we do them.  And for the record,  June was totally fine when I explained to her she would still be getting a spring basket in April, so no big deal.  I just thought I might share this idea with you to consider in regards to the Easter basket dilemma.

Fee; free to join with us and share your Easter Advent activities that you are doing with your family on social media.  Share photos on our Facebook page if something works really well with your family.  We would love to see what you are doing.  Share on Instagram using the two hashtags:  #Hallelujah #SDEaster.

I have felt a pure peace with the activities outlined and the scriptures listed in this project, if only for the benefit of my own family.  But I know as you study the Savior in the days to follow, your family will gain a stronger testimony of His purpose and mission on the earth.  And in turn they will love Him more as their Savior and and accept Him as their Redeemer.


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This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her at aimeeferre.com.



Watch the Hallelujah Easter video from mormon.org

Over the past several months we’ve been working with Mormon.org to introduce their new Easter video, Hallelujah, to the world. Yesterday, that beautiful video was launched.

Please, take a minute today to enjoy its sacred message. If it touches you, as it did us, please share it. Post it to your walls, pin it, tweet it, email it, watch it with your family at FHE, show it in your classrooms…just share it! The hallelujah message will resonate with all who hear it and draw millions of hearts closer to Christ.

To see the series of blog posts and printable packages we coordinated to support the video, please visit our #hallelujah page. It’s loaded with dozens of free printables designed by expert bloggers to help make your family’s Easter more meaningful. Happy Easter, everyone!

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Preparation: Easter Advent for Holy Week #HALLELUJAH

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Photo Credit: Amy Little Photography, Utah

If you are following along with me this week with the Easter Advent for Holy Week kit , let’s get the artwork printed and get ready to go!  You won’t actually start the advent with your family until this Friday (that is 10 days before Easter) if you are going to do the whole 10 days of devotionals.  You can print the kit out on a home color printer, or you can choose to go to a commercial color printer such as a Fed Ex Kinkos or The UPS Store, just make sure you either email it to them in advance or download it onto a flash drive before heading to the printers.

There are ten palm leaf branches you need to print from the kit, it only has one showing in the file, so you will need to print 9 more of the one page, and hand cut them out.  If your family helps in your effort, it might take only 30 minutes, depending on how many hands you have.  It took me about 10 minutes per leaf for the 12X18″ size, (This larger size is not included in the kit, only the 8X10 size is included in the kit, but you can purchase a separate file HERE  if you want it bigger.  My mantel is fairly large, so I wanted larger leaves).   It would probably take half that time to cut out the 8X10 size in the kit.  I didn’t cut exactly on the lines.  There was plenty of white border around the leaf on mine, and I still loved it.  Then cut out each individual letter from the watercolored letters that spell H-A-L-L-E-L-U-J-A-H.  I did not cut too carefully on these lines either, I just cut around the black outline leaving a border of white once again.  Glue these cut out letters to the palm leaves.  I used a 1-1/2″ wide satin ribbon in a mint green to clip the palm branches on to. Then, use small clothespins or binder clips to attach them on the ribbon, spaced evenly.  Hang across a window, drape on the mantle, or hang on a soffit or wall in your home.  See photo above.

In addition to the palm leaves and letters,  print off everything else included in the kit.  I went to a second hand store and found most of the sizes of frames I needed for each print listed below for less than a couple of dollars each.  I strongly suggest using a nice color digital print cardstock like a Hammermill 80 lb or 100 lb, it makes a difference in the color quality of your prints.

10 PAGES of LESSON PLANS – Read over lesson plans and gather items you may need for the enrichment activities listed in the “DO” tab at the end of each lesson.  They are optional, so decide now which ones you want your family to do.

HAND-LETTERED AND HAND-PAINTED ARTWORK to be printed off from the kit:

  1. Palm Leaf (Print 10 pages and cut out branches for garland.  Offered HERE in a larger size with H-A-L-L-E-L-U-J-A-H letters below ).
  2. H-A-L-L-E-L-U-J-A-H watercolored letters
  3. Hosanna 5X7 print
  4. Amazing Grace 8X10 print
  5. House of Prayer family checklist 8X10
  6. I know That My Redeemer Lives 8X10
  7. Charades Game Pieces
  8. Fear Not, He is Risen (Matt 28:5-6) 8X10 (offered in a larger size HERE)
  9. Passover Introduction 8X8
  10. Love One Another 8X10 print
  11. “You’ve Been Egged!” neighbor’s door poster 8X10
  12. I Believe in Christ 8X10 (offered in a larger size HERE)
  13. Crimson Red Greek Easter Eggs 5X7 recipe card
  14. I Stand All Amazed 8X10 (offered in a larger size HERE)
  15. There is a Green Hill Far Away 8X10
  16. Abide With Me; Tis Eventide 8X10
  17. Resurrection Rolls 5×7 recipe card
  18. Hallelujah! Easter 4-up dinner place cards (print off as many as you have guests coming to your Easter dinner with 4 on each page.)
  19. Christ the Lord is Risen Today 8X10 (offered in a larger size HERE)

I’ll see you back here tomorrow for Day 1 instructions, remember you won’t start until Friday!


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This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her at aimeeferre.com.






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In honor of the Easter season and the #Hallelujah campaign that is going on here at Sugardoodle, we joyfully introduce our Easter Advent for Holy Week with you. The thought process behind this project was to create an advent much like what SugarDoodle created for the  #ASaviorIsBorn campaign this past Christmas.  In this kit, there are 10 mini devotionals that are completely do-able for families to share in a 15 minute family study.   I include additional enrichment activities and crafts that may be added to your devotionals and require just a little more effort to plan and schedule, but not necessary to the meaning in the lesson.  Anyone can do this, we’ve made it so easy!  Start off by downloading and printing all the pieces at once on your home printer or on a digital color commercial printer like at a Fed Ex Kinkos branch.  Some assembly is required with the Palm Leaf garland.

The artwork is an incredible value.  Each page was hand-painted and hand-lettered by me to create the kit.  There are 20 original art prints that would retail at an average price of $3 each in the SugarDoodle store, but we included all 20 of them at a sale price of $9.95!  Note: In addition to this main kit, we are offering larger size downloads with a few of the prints included in this kit for $3.50 each if you want a variety of sizes for your gallery wall.

Follow the SugarDoodle blog throughout the upcoming week, starting this Monday, and I will guide you through each day of this Easter Advent for Holy Week.  I’ll be sharing lots of images with several possibilities.  Won’t you join us here?  Find the kit available HERE.

Day 1 Garland Up close

Day 10 Christ the Lord

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Day 10 Empty Garden

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Photo Credits: Amy Little


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Photo Credit: Amy Little

This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her at aimeeferre.com.

Thank You’s and Photo Credits:

I want to briefly share the experience I had in meeting with Janet Hales, author of a beautiful book entitled , A Christ Centered Easter:  Day by Day Activites to Celebrate Easter Week:  Salt Lake City:  Deseret Book, 2002.   (A resource I recommend getting your hands on if you don’t already have that little gem in your library.)  Have you ever met someone and felt like you’ve known them for a long time?  Yes, that describes my first greeting with Janet:  Warm, calm, gentile, brilliant and very articulate.  She has a very strong relationship the Savior and wants nothing more than for her family to have that same depth and adoration for Him.  I owe so much of what I included in these devotionals to her recommendations about celebrating the life, crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Christ.  She bore such a powerful testimony to me of the importance of the Easter season being centered on our Savior.  I couldn’t help but catch the vision, and had images immediately come to my mind when considering where to start.

Thank you to my dear friend and personal family photographer, Amy Little. Yeah, she’s pretty much my bestie when it comes to capturing my life’s most important occasions and people.  But don’t steal her.  Or rather, don’t steal her when I need her.  She’s incredible, and I couldn’t have captured the visuals for this project without her.  I mean, just look at her point and shoot.  She made melted butter and marshmallows look amazing

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My other big thank you goes to my go-to technology expert and another contributor to this Sugardoodle blog (and her own blog, MeckMom).  She’s a computer whiz and did all the layouts for this project.  When I grow up, I want to be as technologically nerdy and beautiful as her.  Thank you Maria, for keeping your eye rolls to yourself when I asked dumb questions and for filming Adobe Illustrator tutorials just for me.  I admit, I’m incredibly technology challenged, and she helped hide all of that from you, until now.




#Hallelujah: A FREE scripture-based Easter recipe kit from My Computer Is My Canvas

Sugardoodle has partnered with six fantastic artists to help promote the 2016 Mormon.org Easter video, Hallelujah (launching 3/13/2016 at Easter.Mormon.org). Each of our artists have created their own free kit of printable Easter supplies for your family to enjoy.

The sixth free Easter kit is from Colette Bomsta of MyComputerIsMyCanvas. She shares a deliciously-simple French Toast Bake recipe that uses family activities to tie each ingredient to the teachings of Christ. Here is a quick video from Colette chatting about why she created this beautiful kit.


All of the printables and instructions are completely FREE however you won’t find them here on Sugardoodle. Instead, we’ve shared them with some of our favorite LDS bloggers and site owners. They’ve each put their own spin on Colette’s creations and posted all the FREE printables on their own sites. You can find them by visiting the #Hallelujah main page and clicking on one of the Supporting Site links. The list launched yesterday and is growing daily so be sure to check back often.

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We love the Easter season and all it represents. We hope this series of free posts and printables will help your family get a little closer to the Savior and to each other over the next few weeks.

Please reach out on social media platforms and share our kit maker’s creations with others. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #hallelujah so you can help promote the beautiful message of the Mormon.org video on your own feeds.

We want to give a big thank you to Colette for her fabulous kit, the supporting site owners for reposting all her hard work, and to you for posting/pinning/tweeting about them. Happy Easter everyone!