Plastic eggs filled with candy litter many homes and yards on Easter morning. The eggs don’t have to go empty because we are quarantined. They can be filled with messages of hope from Scripture, pieces of a puzzle, jokes to bring laughter, stickers to brighten up spaces, or candy you’ve ordered. Consider doing a scavenger hunt, to see who can find the most eggs of each color, or in a certain place, or within a certain amount of time.
Get creative, but don’t put too much pressure on traditional holiday activities. If you don’t have eggs it will be okay; if you don’t have candy it will be okay. It’s doing things together that mean the most to all who participate. Kids will have just as much fun doing a family relay or obstacle course; remind them that God is to be enjoyed and that joy can be found in all circumstances because of Christ.
8. Prepare a Special Meal
Families and friends traditionally gather on Easter, many bringing different favorite recipes to share. It may be one of the only times each year extended families have the opportunity to reconnect and catch up with each other. With everyone celebrating separately this year, try to re-create one or two of those traditional dishes shared annually. Enjoy listening to what everyone’s favorites are and collecting the traditional recipes. At the very least, we can gather together with the people in our homes to prepare and share a meal. Reach out to those living alone to connect via facetime or video chat and “virtually” share a meal.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be the traditional Easter meal you would have had with a larger family celebration. If you have some ingredients to make some of your family’s favorites then go for it, and if not create something special and delicious with what you have. Again, your family will remember the time you have together and will understand if some traditional items are missing.
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