Easter is going to look a little different this year. Traditionally, we sit next to our church family on Easter Sunday, gather with grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and cousins for Easter dinner, and go to big Easter egg hunts with friends. Even though it’s disappointing not carrying out our normal traditions, there is still a lot of ways to make this Easter the best one yet.
Color and Hunt Easter Eggs
Dying and hunting eggs is one tradition that can stay intact this year. To color Easter eggs, simply boiled eggs and let them cool. If you don’t have the dye kit at home, a simple mixture of 1 tbs. of vinegar, 3/4 c. of hot tap water, and 1 tsp. of food coloring works too. Have your kids draw on the eggs with a white crayon before dying them to add a creative effect. Once the eggs dry, hide them in your yard and have the kids find them. The joy on their faces and the giggles they will make while hunting their eggs will bring joy to you too.
Tell the Story of Jesus’ Resurrection and Create a Craft
The tomb was empty and Jesus is risen! What wonderful news for all of us. A great way to make memories with your children is to create a craft together. An easy craft you can do is a paper plate tomb. Cut a paper plate in half and have your kids paint or color the back of the plate gray or brown. They can draw flowers or grass on the outside the tomb too. Using scissors, cut out an opening for the tomb. Glue the two halves together to create the tomb Jesus was in. Tell the story of Jesus’ resurrection. There is a video of the Easter story below.
Watch Church Online
On Easter morning huddle together on your couch and tune in to Pastor Doug on your T.V. He will be live streaming Easter service on Saturday evening at 6pm and again on Sunday at 9:30am and 6pm. Go to http://live.bluegrassumc.org and invite your friends as we celebrate the victory of Jesus.
Have Easter Dinner Together
Whether you decided to cook the traditional Easter meal or order a meal from a local restaurant, use this time to spend gathering around the table with your immediate family. Talk about what you are thankful for right now and what you are looking forward to once the lock down is lifted.
Video Chat with Your Family
We may not be able to be together this Easter, but we can still connect with our families online. Use a video chat service to see grandma and grandpa on Easter Sunday. There are free services such as Zoom, Google Hangout Meet, Facetime, or Webex. These sites are easy to use and can be accessed through computer with a webcam or the app can be downloaded to your phone or device.
Easter may not be exactly the same this year, but making the best of it is the most important thing. Our children are going to remember the memories we are creating in our homes during this time and not what is going on in the world right now. Snuggle them, connect with them, and make memories that will last for years.