This might be my absolute favorite family tradition. Each year we do it a little different. So I will provide you with a basic outline and then you can go from there.
If it were me and it's my first time doing this with my fam this is how I would do it. Pack chairs and blankets the night before and pick out a spot. Also get your music ready beforehand. Print lyrics (provided below) and make a playlist. Make sure you have a speaker you can take with you and that it is charged.
The idea is to arrive well before sunrise in case it takes time to hike or get set up and so forth. Instruct everyone that once you arrive to move around as quietly as possible. Set up your chairs facing the direction of the sunrise. Pass out your music lyrics. The most ideal situation is to quietly sing together before the sunrise and then to play incredible, soft music and allow everyone to sit in quiet reflection as the sun is actually rising.
For the music,
Music hands down enhances this experience. I love this combo. Sing these 6 songs together before the sunrises and then to play the music from the album below, Hidden In My Heart.
Ok here is the deal with the music. I have tried to make an iTunes playlist for you guys but iTunes doesn't carry the songs that I would like to give you so I created this youtube playlist instead. (Minus the song He Is Risen) It will not work if you are somewhere that you will not get service. In that case you will have to sing a cappella and buy the CD Hidden In My Heart Volume III.
However with that being said, can I just say that this CD deserves to be played all the way through on Easter Morning? It is for sure one of my favs. And I am funny about music around Easter. For me it's like Christmas. I listen to ONLY Easter music at Easter. I love what is does for me. It completely enhances the season for me. SO, for sure this is a favorite and it's not available on iTunes. I put a few of the tracks on the YouTube playlist but only a couple were available. BUT the whole thing is amazing, so I also provided an affiliate link for this CD down below.
Here are the lyrics for the songs to sing together.
So that is for your first Easter Morning Sunrise! 👏🏼 👏🏼 It is amazing, promise it's worth it.
For the years to come you can just see what you are feeling like. One year we were really focusing on miracles in our life. We had a few activities leading up to the sunrise and that morning we set our chairs up in a circle and sang The Miracle song and then we shared the miracles we have witnessed in our life. Then we have had some years that we just watched the sunrise on our front lawn. You will see that you can accommodate it to what is going on for your family that year. It is a fantastic tradition.
Easter music & where to get it.
Here are two affiliate links for the top two Easter albums at our house. Neither of them are available on iTunes....
Here is an Easter playlist that I made from iTunes that I can share with you.
Here is another one of my favorites at Easter that is on iTunes, Lamb of God.
I so hope they fill your home with praise and joy. Happy Easter my friends.