5 Ways to Celebrate Easter Weekend During COVID-19
With Easter just around the corner and COVID-19 still ongoing, you may be feeling unsure of what you can do to celebrate during this upcoming long weekend. Now more than ever, it is important that we remember that Easter is a time of transformation and change. With the current climate in society, this is something we are all experiencing right now. While observing social distancing and quarauntine guidelines may change the way you celebrate Easter this year, it cannot take away from the beauty of this holiday – we just have to get creative!
Here are five great ways to celebrate Easter 2020:
1. Egg Hunt Alternatives
One of the classic activities to do during Easter is of course, the Easter Egg Hunt. With social distancing in place, many local egg hunts have been cancelled – but that doesn’t mean you can’t host your own! One great option is to hide eggs around your house and your own backyard for your kids to partake in a private egg hunt. If you want to save your groceries, you can even have them draw eggs on plain paper for you to cut out and hide instead! You can also consider organizing a neighbourhood “hunt”, whereby neighbours would put a drawing or picture of an egg on a front door or window for you to find during a safe walk around the neighbourhood.
2. Cook Remotely With Family
“Too many cooks in the kitchen” is not an issue with this alternative! Just because you cannot celebrate in-person together, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the festivities together! While you may not go to the trouble of cooking an entire turkey for yourself, planning a remote cooking or baking session over Zoom, Skype or even Facebook messenger can be a great way to connect and celebrate together. You can even pre-bake sugar cookies and simply have a virtual decorating session!
3. Easter Gift Alternatives
While overflowing colorful Easter baskets may not be do-able this year due to shopping restrictions, there are still many ways to give a great Easter gift! In the last few weeks, many people have found themselves baking a non-stop array of homemade sweets from chocolates to cookies to cupcakes. Consider putting your increased baking skills to good use by filling a basket with homemade sweets! You can also include print outs or drawings of gifts you plan to buy – consider it an IOU from the Easter Bunny! Another great option for kids are digital gifts that you can enjoy as a family, such as buying and downloading a new movie or game to experience together.
4. Holiday Crafts for the Kids
While you may reconsider dying eggs this year in favor of eating them instead, there are still many alternative craft ideas for kids! One great option is to print different Easter egg templates from the Internet (such as t his or this) for your kids to color and decorate in unique ways. Depending on what crafts you have at home, you can also have them make chicks and bunnies from paper plates, create Easter bunnies u sing handprints or make tissue paper c hicks. For those of you who are expecting dry weather this long weekend, you can also take your kids outside (to the driveway) and let them chalk it up with Easter symbols or even Bible quotes!
5. Go Online This Easter Sunday
Even if your church does still hold a public service this year, consider if attending is the safest option for you and your community. As an alternative, you can stay connected with your church throughout the Easter long weekend by checking to see if it’s hosting a digital service that you and your family can attend from the safety of your home.
During this time it is important to remember that it is okay that you have to do things differently. After all, the biggest part of any holiday from Easter to Thanksgiving to Christmas is connecting with your friends and family. In today’s society, we are fortunate to have access to a plethora of tools (majority of which are free) that allow us to remain connected while physically distancing. Taking advantage of these options – and letting your creativity run wild – will ensure that Easter 2020 is as joyous as ever!
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Have a safe and wonderful Easter,