Depth to the Tradition & a Giveaway {How Robin’s Blue Easter Eggs Remind us of Christ}

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We used red cabbage to dye our eggs robin’s blue this year, and with good reason. Click through to discover how robin’s blue Easter eggs add depth to the loved tradition of dying eggs.

***WINNER OF THE BOOK GIVEAWAY*** : Beverly (hierrahome@*********.***) Congratulations! Thanks to everyone else for your wonderful comments.


I found this book at the library recently and fell in love on the first reading. It was in my Amazon cart the next day. The Story of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall tells a beautiful tale of a girl and her grandmother creating Easter eggs the Pennsylvania Dutch way. As they step through the process, the grandma recounts the legend of how robins got their red breasts. It goes something like this.

Two thousand years ago a plain brown robin watched as a bent and bleeding Jesus carried His cross through Jerusalem. The bird recognized his Creator and was compelled to help Him. The robin fluttered at the crown of thorns atop his Master’s head and pulled out one large thorn from Jesus’ brow. As he did, a drop of blood fell onto the robin’s breast, staining it red. The robin was forever marked by his encounter with Christ, as is everyone who meets Jesus.

The robin was forever marked by his encounter with Christ, as is everyone who meets Jesus.

Dying Easter eggs is a fun tradition—I’ve always loved it—but the legend of the robin paired with the Biblical account take the activity from playful past time to powerful illustration. What a great way to demonstrate to children that just as the egg changes from white to blue and looks completely different, in Jesus’ death and resurrection we too are a new creation! (2 Corinthians 5:17).

So our eggs are blue, as close to robin’s egg blue as we could get.

Blue Easter Eggs

 Robin’s egg blue, to remind us that the blood of Jesus is life-changing.

Robin’s egg blue, to remind us that God cares for all His creatures, from every.single.human. to the tiniest robin.

Robin’s egg blue to remind us that in Jesus is new life, like the baby birds singing outside the Shoebox door.

I pray your holiday is special beyond fluffy bunnies and marshmallow peeps (but I hope you eat some of those too!)

{{Happy Easter everyone.}}

…Oh yah and by the way, we used red cabbage to dye our eggs, which is healthy and cheap and green and great. I followed this pretty tutorial, but here’s another good one. If you’re not hooked on the blue idea, check out these other naturally derived gorgeous hues!!

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Giveaway : THE BOOK!

I am happy to announce that the generous folks at Zonderkidz/ Blink have offered a copy of The Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall to one lucky winner. YEA!

To Enter:
Simply comment below with YOUR favorite Easter tradition and why it is special to you.

The fine print: This giveaway ends at 8:00 a.m. MST on Wednesday, 4/16/2014. No purchase necessary. It is open to U.S. residents, 18 years or older (NO P.O. boxes). The winner will be determined at random by the program “And the Winner Is.”  Winners will be notified by e-mail and noted at the top of this post on Wednesday, 4/16/2014. Winner must abide by the rules and only comment ONCE in order to be considered. If you submit more than one comment, you will be disqualified. Winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize, or a new winner will be chosen.

Just so you know: I’m an honest blogger. The Easter Robin was provided by Zonkerkids/Blink, but I was not compensated for this post. The opinions and experiences are completely my own. To see Smallish’s full disclosure policy, click here.


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  • Trisha
    April 14, 2014

    I am pretty sure that if I don’t win this book, I too will find it in my Amazon cart very soon 🙂 Thank you for this post. It addresses some thoughts at have been rolling around in my brain lately. As far as our favorite tradition- we love the resurrection eggs and go through the booklet and the eggs every year!

  • EmilieAn Kemper
    April 14, 2014

    I’ve been searching for some extra traditions and will add the blue egg to ours. We do bunny rolls and tomb rolls. We talk about how a marshmallow is the body of Christ. Roll it in butter and cinnamon sugar -prepping the body. Then wrap it in a crescent roll. Make sure no opening. Bake in the tomb for 15 min 350*. When you bite into it the mallow is gone. It is sweet and lovely like His love.
    I love Palm Sunday and the joyous shouting. Taught my 4 yr olds at church about it. Making it fun and exciting.

  • Kim
    April 14, 2014

    Thank you for the great post, Evelyn. We have a lot of traditions, like having Easter nest coffee cake, dying eggs, telling the story through resurrection eggs, and walking “the Road to Calvary,” a production our church puts on about the life of Christ. My favorite activity is singing worship songs in church and at home.

  • Kaley
    April 15, 2014

    Your eggs turned out beautifully! And thanks so much for linking up to my eggs. 🙂
    Happy Easter!

  • Joanne
    April 15, 2014

    In my younger days, it seemed ever so important to wear something new on Easter morning. Fulfilling this wish, was my talented seamstress mother. However, frequently we were found to be hemming the dress until 4 in the morning – just in time to take out curlers and get ready for our Sunrise Service followed by an all church pancake breakfast. (Telling how people looked for this service would be another story! They did look “put together” by the morning service. 🙂 )

  • Athena
    April 15, 2014

    My favorite easter tradition (or any holiday tradition) is family dinner. Sitting around the table with everyone I love. To me this is what easter is all about. Family together remembering the real reason for the holiday.

  • sarah T.
    April 15, 2014

    How sweet! We’re heading to the library yoday, so I’ll have to check it out! We started doing Ressurection Eggs a few years ago and the kids look forward to it each year.

  • Beverly
    April 15, 2014

    This is truly a superb Smallish original!
    Church is our tradition, and this year my husband and I will attend Rescue Baptist Church in Rescue, Ca, on our way to Lake Tahoe. This is a treat for us because we love that church. Now I am going to put “The Story of the Easter Robin” in my Amazon cart. I will see if I win before I place the order!!!