Our Holy Week tradition, starting with Palm Sunday

Our kids have always been big Playmobil fans.  I think they have the Playmobil catalog memorized by now, and so our collection of Playmobil toys just keeps growing and growing.

Ever since he was a really little guy, Asher has found endless possibilities for play with the miniature Playmobil humans, and the miniature animals that come with them, along with the miniature buildings and miniature everything else you could possibly think of.  Playmobil is nothing if not focused on tiny details.  (For instance, we have a Playmobil nativity scene that used to have a tiny mouse with it.  But a very young Asher swallowed the mouse years ago.)

At least four years ago at Easter time was when the kids first came up with the idea of “acting out” the days of Holy Week with our tiny Playmobil humans.  Doing so helps to bring the story to life for them, I think, as they put their tiny play buddies through the motions Jesus and the other characters in the story went through 2,000 years ago.  That, and Playmobil Holy Week has kinda turned into our tradition.

So today was Palm Sunday and the first day I let them set up their little toys on the kitchen table — where the toys will stay, going through new motions every day, for this entire Holy Week.

Palm Sunday comes exactly a week before Easter Sunday, and the Bible tells us that on this day Jesus and his disciples arrived at Jerusalem for the Passover festival.  Jesus rode in on a donkey — the lowest of all status symbols — yet the people lined the roadsides to greet him, to declare him King, to lay their coats and palm leaves down on the road before him.

As you can see from the picture below, our kids acted the Palm Sunday scene out with a long construction-paper road going down the middle of the table.  A lookout tower stolen from a Western fort playset and a castle borrowed from a Dwarves playset represent Jerusalem down there at the end of the table.  The little toy guys represent the disciples, and the crowd lining the roadside, and there behind the parapet is a miniature Pharisee looking down on the scene with hatred.

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Because of COVID-19, most folks probably won’t make it to church this Easter week.  But there are creative ways to bring the story to life at home.  This is how we do it… but the possibilities are endless!

© Tami Blake

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