Easter has not been cancelled.

While community celebrations have been cancelled and family gatherings are strongly being discouraged by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, doesn’t mean the Easter Bunny still won’t deliver baskets and families can’t have Easter eggs hunts.

Easter will still happen. Families, especially those who celebrate with grandparents or older family members, can still make it an Easter to remember by finding alternative ways to celebrate.

To get in the Easter spirit, start by decorating the house with an Easter theme. There are many websites that offer a variety of tips, tricks and patterns to make Easter-themed decorations using supplies many people have readily available in their homes.

Easter candy is on the shelves at the grocery stores, so it’s possible to pick up jelly beans and chocolate rabbits if you need to make a trip to the store for essential items.

Many stores now offer a delivery service for groceries for tasty treats to fill a basket can be ordered online for delivery, as well.

For those who weren’t able to buy baskets to hold the Easter goodies, consider making some. Empty milk jugs work well for a makeshift basket. Directions and patterns for milk jug and other home-made baskets easily be found online.

Don’t forget about cheering up grandparents and other family members by surprising them with a homemade basket left on their door step or porch.

The website for Daily Caring noted that continuing to carry on holiday traditions are important, especially during trying times as they can bring comfort and serve as a welcome distraction from all that is going on, especially for the older family members.

Daily Caring also suggests sending Easter cards to lift spirits. For those unable to buy cards, virtual or e-cards work well.

People are encouraged to get outdoors and enjoy fresh air, so weather permitting, parents can hold Easter egg hunts for their children in their own back yards. If the weather on Easter prevents being outdoors, an indoor egg hunt works just as well.

Don’t have plastic eggs to fill with treats or eggs to dye? Finding some printable eggs online is an option. The eggs can be printed and then colored as a family craft activity. Parents can hide the paper eggs for children to find.

Need prizes to go with the paper eggs, simply write a prize on the back of the egg such as a chocolate bunny, a new box of crayons or a monetary amount such as .50 or $1 and award those prize items at the end of the hunt.

Grandparents or older family members who can’t be present due to exposure risk can tune in to watch the kids hunt through an online video messaging service or video chat on the phone. 

While families might not be able to gather around the same table for Easter dinner, they can still dine together. Make it a virtual Easter by bringing a laptop or smart phone to the table. Using apps such as Zoom, Google hangouts or Skpe families in different households can help families connect over dinner.

For families who go to Easter services, many churches are now conducting their services online.

For those feeling really festive, dress up in your Sunday Best, and parade around the house or the yard or even have an Easter fashion show for your family members.

While dressed up, don’t forget to set your camera to timer mode and take that long overdue family photo. 


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