Every Palm Sunday, my family comes home with arm loads of palms. I like to keep my palms in a prominent location to remind me of the sacrifice God made for me. When I was a kid, my mother used to tuck the palms behind her vanity mirror as a reminder everyday of the sovereign Christ and his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Here are five things you can do with your Palm Sunday palms to keep the spirit of the day fresh in your hearts all year long.
1. Make the classic Palm Cross from your branch. Tuck the Palm Cross in your Bible, place on your desk or like my mom, tuck behind your vanity mirror. Here is a great tutorial on Youtube.
2. Include your palm branches in your Easter centerpiece. Tuck your palm fronds in your Easter flower arrangement as a reminder of Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week.
3. Have a family Palm Sunday parade. Get our kids in the spirit and march around your backyard joyously shouting “Hosanna.” Afterwards, share the story of Christ and Palm Sunday from Sproutville!
4. Return your palms to your church for Ash Wednesday next year. Some churches still follow the tradition of burning last year’s palms to use as the ashes on Ash Wednesday. Ask if your church follows this tradition and if they do not, they may be able to direct you to a local church that does.
5. Offer your palm to a friend or neighbor or stranger. Offering the palm branch can be a way of sharing God’s love, the miracle of Christ’s resurrection and the Good News of the life everlasting.
Want to know more about Palm Sunday and how to share the Good News with your children? Read our Palm Sunday and Easter Guide.
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”