Last Easter, the world had shut down. Cities were on standstill and most churches were closed. Now we are on the other side of the slope. The pandemic may not be gone, but it does seem to be abating just a bit. Churches are beginning to hold socially distanced services. Some towns are finding ways to have small egg hunts or other Easter celebrations.
Easter 2021 will be more joyful, if still a bit different than most celebrations in our past. As we celebrate the season of regrowth and rejuvenation, there are many ways to enjoy the holiday with friends and family safely.
As more individuals learn even more about how to best protect ourselves and others from the virus, it is possible to have a relatively safe gathering in your community or church to celebrate your Easter wishes.
Many churches are holding Easter church services using masks, sanitizers, social distancing, and temperature checks. Many churches are discouraging congregation singing of Easter songs, but we can enjoy favorites by soloists or instrumentals.
There is far less spread of the virus when activities are held outdoors along with social distancing. Some small communities are putting on Easter egg hunts for children using large open spaces.
Celebrate the religious aspects of the season in the early morning, if possible. Crowds celebrating a happy Easter at sunrise will be far smaller inside any buildings, and many sunrise services are held outdoors, which makes them even safer.
We send Christmas cards every year, but why not be a trendsetter for your social community and send Easter cards? You can easily create and send Easter greetings to friends and family with photo cards through the mail. Or drop off your card with some Easter flowers and goodies at the front door for those you’re close to in your town.
Easter Family Fun
With the limitations many are still facing in larger communities or in households that are looking to avoid potential crowds or close contact, there is a great deal of fun to be had with family celebrations. Some ideas for ways to celebrate this Easter might include:
Family egg hunts
Hunting for Easter eggs has been a tradition for the holiday in many families. Running around outside collecting eggs is an easy way to continue the fun families have every year.
Egg hunt games
Make things a bit more creative for your older family members by getting creative with egg hunts. Turn the hunt into an adventure using clues, ala scavenger hunt. Or hide the eggs in unusual and creative places – not just the yard.
Easter dinner is a tradition for many households, and you can enjoy dinner just like any holiday. Have a bit of fun this Easter by trying out some classic family recipes you haven’t made in years, or by creating your meal in an entirely new way. Why cook a ham when you can do a fish fry or take a holiday picnic instead?
Order take-out for Easter dinner
Free up your family for more fun and time together by skipping food preparation entirely! Read reviews online to find the best Easter dinner options in your area for take-out. Then order up your fare and pick it up on Easter or the day before for dinner.
Just be sure the online reviews help guide your decisions. As posted in our Easter reviews, one family learned the hard way that even pre-ordering a meal might wind up with issues. According to the information in this Easter review (#1866600), the poster says, “I ordered two ham dinners on April 11 for pickup at 4:00p.m. on April 12. When I arrived at 4:00 I was told they were out of turkey and ham. I was told it was "first come, first served".
Dying Easter eggs
Hard boil some eggs and then get busy with your egg dyes! Color your Easter eggs with dye and then add your own bit of fun with stickers, paint, and other creative elements.
You can stay in your own home for Easter celebrations and dinner, or you can take your celebration on the road. Get a day pass to a nearby park or go on a full day trip. Pack a picnic or BBQ and head to the beach, or the mountains for a hike, or down to the lake for a bit of fishing and sunshine. Choose the best spot by reading online reviews from others who have been itching to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Bless others with kindness
What better way to celebrate Easter with your family than by sharing the joy with others? Have your children help you pack small Easter baskets with homemade goodies like Easter cookies, candy, or other items and drop them off with neighbors. Or take your Easter baskets to a nearby nursing home or retirement home to bring a bit of light to others.
Be mindful as you prepare your goodie baskets that the serving sizes on the Easter candy packages may be a bit off. Among our Easter reviews, one candy consumer noticed that the malted milk eggs she has been buying every year were coming up a bit light (review #2437684). When she counted, she found that the “bag says the serving size is 5 servings and 5 per serving. The math comes out to 25 eggs in a bag. Each of my bag count was only 20 pieces per bag.” Reading Easter reviews like these can help you find the best items for any goodies you distribute.
If you are in the holiday spirit, but not sure how to direct that energy in a productive way, consider getting creative with your Easter baskets. Don’t just fill it with Easter candy and a generic toy when you can develop an entirely new and amusing themed basket for the year!
Many families are chopping at the bit to get out there and travel. If you have trips planned, why not start preparing with great travel items like car games, headphones, backpacks, and more.
Have a movie or game lover? Design an Easter basket using favorite movie posters or gaming plushies. Find bobbleheads and buttons. Add in some Easter movies they haven’t seen. Then, throw in some movie candy and Bluetooth headphones and you’re all set. Just be sure to check out online reviews before buying movies or media to ensure it’s appropriate for your family.
Summer is just around the corner, and what better time to celebrate than with your Easter basket fun? Stock your Easter basket with a new swimsuit, goggles, floaties, beach towel, and flip flops. Check out reviews to be sure you’re getting goods that will last all summer long!
If you’ve been cooped up inside all winter, start the outdoor fun with a basket full of adventure. Sports balls, kites, remote control cars or helicopters, and sidewalk chalk are all fun ways to get kids out of the house and into the fresh air.
This Easter is filled with hope for many of us. Hope that we are moving ahead of the COVID virus and hope that we can begin a more typical lifestyle again. How is Easter celebrated in 2021? Carefully and joyfully. As we focus on renewal and hope this year, celebrate with family, and find ways to bring joy into your life and to others.
By Rebecca Garland
Business and Education Expert
Rebecca Garland, M.S. is a business and education writer. She holds secondary teaching certifications in six areas, has a degree in Business, and earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. As an expert, Rebecca has been working with international clients since 2005.
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