Easter will feel a bit different this year – you are not alone. Our worlds have been turned upside down due to COVID-19 and as a result, we will not be able to host and attend our annual spring celebrations as usual. But just because we can’t physically be together with our family and friends, does not mean that we can’t make every effort to celebrate together in spirit.
Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate Easter with your loved ones this year:
Live Stream a Church Service
If attending a church service is part of your family tradition, keep it going in the comfort of your own home! Though most churches have closed their doors complying with social distancing, many are offering virtual services on various platforms including Facebook live. These services are not only hosted on Easter Sunday, but every day to maintain consistency in your everyday life and faith.
Wear Your Sunday Best
If COVID-19 is depriving your fabulous wardrobe – give it some love! This may be the perfect excuse to ditch the PJs, comb your hair and show off your best spring themed outfit. Bright colors and sparkly clothes can create some infectious positive energy on this special day.
A Virtual Easter Egg Hunt
Who doesn’t love a good Easter egg hunt? But this year, try doing a virtual hunt! Though many people will be altering their celebrations this year, there’s nothing a little technology can’t fix. Many families are opting to do a virtual Easter egg hunt this season to keep the spirit of Easter alive. Begin by sending your virtual attendees a list of clues. You have the option of sending photos of each room or guiding your players through the house via video chat while they watch closely to spot the eggs in hidden locations. Take turns reading the clues to allow the opportunity for everyone to feel included.
Visit Family and Friends Virtually
Though many of us are longing to give our loved ones a great big hug this Easter, it is still possible to spend time together via video chat. Platforms such as Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts and Zoom are some of many great free options for video chat. All you need is a smart phone or webcam to join in on the fun with your friends and family!
Easter Egg Alternatives
This year is a bit nontraditional, so why not keep the theme going? If your past traditions involved coloring Easter eggs, try something a little different this year. There are plenty of alternatives and fun ideas to replace your average egg decorating session. Bake and decorate egg shaped cookies or a loaf of delicious Easter bread. You can also thread paper egg garland to hang as a decoration or create a series of cards to send to friends and family. Have some fun creating your own eggs using items and materials around the house. Share your final product on social media and encourage others to get their creative juices flowing.