This Easter might not mean the usual big gathering of fun and joy. But just because you're indoors doesn't mean you can't make the most of it.
Easter is almost here and usually, people are excited to step outside their homes to enjoy a nice brunch with loved ones, attend church services or engage their kids in a game of Easter egg hunt. However, with the current pandemic forcing people to self-isolate, this year, Easter is going to have to be celebrated a bit differently — completely indoors. While it may seem like a dampener on the spirit of the festival, it doesn't have to be that way.
Despite the rules to stay at home, in some places, the Easter bunny will be making their rounds at a safe distance. According to CTV News, Ontario [Canada] Premier Doug Ford declared the Easter Bunny an essential service provider under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. “I know it is tough for the younger kids to explain what is going on right now and the kids have simple things they are worried about like the Easter Bunny,” Ford said during a news conference at Queen’s Park. “So kids, the Easter Bunny has become an essential service and he will make sure they have chocolates ready for Easter.”
Various states in the US and countries across the world have also given the mascot the all-clear for travel, according to the Miami Herald. So you might just be getting a visit on Sunday, along with some chocolates to make life have some semblance of normalcy again. But while you wait for the Easter bunny to come around, you might be wondering how to celebrate the festival without going outside.
"This is going to be the Easter that (our children) remember for the rest of their lives," said Audrey McClelland, a mother of five and former cast member of TLC’s parenting show What She Said, according to USA Today. "We need to make this special, because this is going to be the one that they're telling their grandchildren about someday."
Well, here are six safe ways to enjoy Easter while self-isolating and it's going to need your true creativity to make its appearance.
An outdoor hunt is fun, but did you know an indoor one can be just as exciting? Hiding those colorful eggs in various nooks and crannies in the house can give the kids a good cheer. Erin Sprinkel, co-owner of Los Angeles-based event production company Sterling Social, says adults can get in on the fun too eggs filled with love notes and post-quarantine date ideas.
The Christmas tree lying around in the garage or attic can come in handy to make your Easter a safe one. A new trend has emerged with people across the country converting their mistletoe, star-studded, and tinsel-laden trees into an Easter tree filled with eggs of various colors and styles.
Or you can just take some branches from the trees outside your house and glue them together to create a new tree.
See the creative side of you emerge with passion with this little project.
Your kids are just as attuned to the crisis as you are, though they might not understand it. So to get their minds off of it, dig up all those old decorations from various festivals or create new ones with the items you have at home and get them to make your rooms fancy. Not only will it engage them, but chances are, lots of laughter and good memories will come of it.
Due to the pandemic, more and more sermons and services are happening online. According to the BBC, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will lead the first national digital Easter Sunday service from the kitchen of his flat in London. The service led by him will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and on the Church of England's website and Facebook page from 8:00 A.M. GMT on Sunday. For more information about where to watch online services for your community, check out the Facebook pages or official websites of your church. The Unity of Boulder website is also offering online Easter services.
If you've been working from home and your kids have been taking their online classes, a little fun in the evening can help all of you destress. Plopping yourself on the couch with them and watching some great Easter movies sounds like it could be a lot of fun. According to Town and Country Mag, some of the best Easter movies on Netflix include Peter Rabbit, Hop, Christoper Robin and more.
Sometimes, it's exciting to get a bit messy with food, especially when you're making some nice Easter snacks with your family. It's a great way to bond and bring you all closer during this time of crisis. Not to mention, it's a great tradition to start with your kids and might even help instill a passion for cooking within them. One thing is for certain though, the memories created during this time will be irreplaceable. To find out how to make some simple Easter goodies, check out recipes here at Forkly or Country Living.
Happy Easter everyone!