Don't Let the Pandemic Ruin Your Easter Fun—Here's How You Can Still Celebrate

The normal opportunities may not be around this year, but you can still enjoy your favorite Easter traditions—just with a few twists.

Easter might look a little different this year. Sure, it still falls on Sunday, April 4, as scheduled, but with physical or social distancing recommendations still in place and coronavirus vaccine distribution still in progress, family Easter games and Easter dinner (not to mention your Easter church service, if you typically attend) won't look the same as they have in years past.

The holiday's roots remain the same, but many classic Easter activities—including Easter egg coloring—are likely to be affected by the space constraints of your home, the crafting supplies you have on hand from the last so-called normal Easter in 2019, and how much energy you and your household have for another at-home holiday celebration. While we have vaccines (and some people in your household might have been vaccinated by now) and you might be tempted to celebrate Easter like you used to, it's unlikely that everyone in your circle will be fully vaccinated by April 4, so some precautions are still necessary for everyone's safety.

This may not be the year of new Easter outfits for the whole family or your most creative Easter egg designs yet, but you can still celebrate. Here are six ideas for celebrating Easter at home this year. Sure, it may not be what you're used to, but you and your family will be all the safer for it.

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Change the way you dye eggs

For many families, dyeing Easter eggs together is an annual tradition. We may be past the egg, milk, and toilet paper shortages of spring 2020, but that doesn't mean you want to be wasteful. If you do have fresh eggs at home, you might want to preserve them for eating, not decorating or crafting. (For best results, avoid dyeing eggs and then eating them later. Not all dyes or decorating tools are food-safe—unless you try a homemade egg dye—and even though they're on the shell, it's better to be safe than sorry.)

Instead, consider using Styrofoam eggs or another type of crafting egg. These eggs can be ordered straight to your door—you still want to avoid unnecessarily trips to the store—and decorated with markers, crayons, and more tools you likely already have around the house. Best of all, you can save your favorites (and any extra, undecorated eggs) for next year.

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Do an alternative egg hunt

Setting the kids loose on a field or playground dotted with eggs isn't really social distancing, especially if you typically do it as a group with other families. Instead, if your home and yard have the space, tuck eggs around your house for your kids to find.

For a larger egg hunt, get in touch with your neighborhood group text or homeowners' association. Ask all participating families to decorate large Easter eggs on paper and then tape the paper eggs into windows facing the street. On Easter Sunday, families can head out in cars, on bikes, or on foot—careful to keep their distance from one another—to try and spot all the eggs in the neighborhood.

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Rethink Easter baskets and gifts

The overflowing Easter baskets of years past may not be possible this year, either because money is tight or you're unable to visit your go-to stores to pick up all the supplies and gifts. (Online delivery may not be as speedy as you'd like this year, either.) Save the big adult Easter basket for next year: Consider tucking homemade sweets into baskets or fill them with print-outs or drawings of the Easter gifts you plan to order or buy once businesses are open again. (Consider it an IOU from the Easter Bunny.) If you can, for Easter gifts for kids, focus on digital gifts you can enjoy in the moment: Buy and download a new movie or new game for them to enjoy at home.

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Order in for your Easter dinner

If you typically go out for Easter brunch or dinner—or head to Grandma's for her Easter specialties—don't take it upon yourself to cook a multi-course meal. If you're still being cautious, you want your groceries to last as long as possible, and taking a trip to the grocery store just to pick up extra eggs and potatoes for your Easter spread isn't worth the risk.

Instead, consider supporting local businesses. Call around to see which restaurants are open on Easter Sunday and if those restaurants are offering a to-go or delivery special for Easter meals. (Chances are, at least one place is.) Place your order a few days in advance so the restaurant is prepared and get ready to enjoy your meal with minimal prep or stress on your part.

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Focus on small-scale Easter games

A bunny hop race or Easter egg toss may not be possible this year if you don't have the supplies, numbers, or space (or all three). Focus on games—beyond the egg hunt—your family can play together, such as guess the number of jelly beans or Easter egg basketball, even if you only have one or two kids in the family.

For older kids, consider giving your favorite family games an Easter spin: Play Scrabble with all Easter- or spring-themed words, for example.

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Adjust your expectations for your Easter service

If your Easter celebration includes a religious component, think carefully about attending church services. Many states, counties, and cities still have limits on gatherings, and many congregations have adopted their own restrictions to keep their members safe. If your church does hold a service, consider if attending is the safest option for you and your family (and others attending).

You can stay connected with your church on Easter by checking to see if it's hosting a digital service: Many religious organizations have been offering online services, so do a little research online to find one you can stream.

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