Are you discouraged about Easter in quarantine? Disappointed that you can’t spend the holiday with friends and family? Frustrated that you’re missing the special church services? There are still ways to make this a special holiday at home this year. Read on for ideas and encouragement.
It’s hard to celebrate Easter in quarantine, but that doesn’t mean we should give up on the holiday altogether! Today I’ve collected some ideas and activities to help make your holiday special while you’re stuck at home.
Make a special Easter breakfast or brunch
Easter brunch with family and friends isn’t an option this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make breakfast special. A good breakfast can set a positive mood for the entire day. Sharp Aspirant has a wonderful list of great make ahead Easter brunch ideas.
Most of these can be made the day before, so you don’t have to get up early and make breakfast for Easter (unless you like doing that!). They range from cute bunny pancakes for kids, to a delicious-looking quiche, so there’s sure to be something for everyone!
Get creative with Easter decorations
We’ve all been stuck at home for days on end. Why not put some of that extra time to work and get crafting? Easter decor doesn’t really count as a necessity, so none of us can really go shopping for it. But it’s super easy to make cute decorations with supplies you already have on hand. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Make small gifts and cards for others
It’s a hard time right now for a lot of people. Those who aren’t at risk from COVID-19 are mostly unable to work, or in the case that they are essential workers, are working extra overtime. What better way to celebrate Christ’s resurrection than by showing His love to others? Greeting cards are a great place to start.
Send homemade Easter cards to friends and family with little messages to brighten their day. Another idea someone shared with me on Facebook recently is to paint Easter rocks and leave them on your neighbors’ porches with little notes wishing them a Happy Easter. If you live in an apartment building, a great way to spread Easter cheer is to hang little plastic eggs full of candy on people’s doorknobs. Let’s show some love everyone!
Listen to a Good Friday and Easter Sunday service online
Ever since I can remember, celebrating Easter has meant a special Sunday church service in a new dress. With churches closed and gatherings limited, that’s not an option this year. But that doesn’t mean you have to give it up completely. Wake up Sunday morning and find a sermon online.
Make it special by getting all dressed up as if it really is Easter Sunday. Put on your best spring dress, fix your hair up really fancy, put on some cute shoes. Not only will this help you to be more positive and excited about the day, it will also make your day more productive.
If you have small children, consider printing out some coloring sheets for them to use while the sermon is playing. If a sermon is completely out, have a little Sunday school lesson with them. Read the resurrection story and do a craft related to it. Have fun with it and remember that the day is a celebration of life!
You can still do an egg hunt at home!
Though it’s sad that we can’t be with family and friends, we can still do our annual egg hunts. It’s easy to set up egg hunts in your own house or yard. I know Luke and I plan on doing one this year even though we don’t have any kids. It’s a fun way to keep up your spirits and make celebrating Easter fun. You can even let your kids take turns hiding the eggs for each other.
You can also get creative with dyeing your eggs. In the case that you’re not able to buy an egg coloring kit, there are lots of other ways to make beautiful eggs with the things you have on hand! Here are a few ideas to get you started!
Make some Easter cookies
Cookies are great way to celebrate any holiday. When I was younger, my siblings and I used to have a blast baking different desserts for our family. Use this time in quarantine to spend some quality time together, and bake a batch of Easter cookies with your family. If you’re living alone, baking is still a great way to kill some time and have fun doing it.
If you’re not sure what to make, check out this post from Two Sisters. They’ve collected twelve of their favorite spring themed cookie and cookie bar recipes. There’s sure to be something for everyone!
Make a donation if you’re able to
Easter Sunday is a day celebrating hope. Christ’s grave is empty and we have hope of salvation because of that, and look forward to His second coming. What better way to celebrate this holiday than to give others hope?
We are in the middle of a global pandemic. Many people are out of work, others are working themselves to the bone. Hospitals and charities are running out of supplies they need to extend help and hope to struggling people. And because so many people are financially strained, the donations that these places rely on are being decreased drastically.
If you are able to, consider donating money or supplies to a local home shelter or food shelf. If you’re not in a financial position to afford that, consider things like making masks for nursing homes and hospitals, or even volunteering at some of these places (if you can do so safely).
Play Easter worship music
Studies have shown over and over again that music not only improves your mood, but also reduces anxiety. Ephesians 5:19 says, “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” What better way to celebrate Easter than to turn on songs about the hope and joy Christ gave us on this day. Play some of these songs while you bake cookies or color eggs.
Easter Worship Songs and Hymns
- This is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham
- Resurrection Power by Chris Tomlin
- The Cross Was Not the End by David Walker, 10000 Fathers
- Glorious Day by Passion, Kristian Stanfill
- Holy Water by We the Kingdom
- This Changes Everything by Jon Egan
- Redeemer by Nicole C. Mullen
- He Is Risen by The Tabernacle Choir
- Cornerstone by Hillsong Worship
- Forever by Kari Jobe
- In Christ Alone by Passion, Kristian Stanfill
- Lead Me To the Cross by Francesca Battistelli
- We Believe by Lifeway Worship
- Might to Save by Laura Story
Have a fancy dinner
I remember going to my grandparent’s for Easter lunch after church when I was little. A lot of people celebrate Easter by getting together with family or friends for lunch or dinner. It can be disappointing to cancel these plans, but it doesn’t mean we have to give up on our holiday dinner.
Make Easter in quarantine special by making dinner fancy. Have the family dress up for it. Bring out a fancy table cloth and special napkins. Use your good dishes and silverware. Serve a special drink, like a fruit punch or sparkling juice.
You might even consider playing a game like Would You Rather or Most Likely To during dinner to make it more fun for everyone. Or go around the table and talk about what your favorite parts of the day were, or something that you are thankful for. Create positivity and have fun!
Above all, keep yourself busy
The real secret to having a good Easter (or any day) is to keep busy and focus on others. Instead of thinking about how hard it is to celebrate the holiday in quarantine, focus on what you do have right now. Spend time making quality memories with your family. Play games, make food, create things–laugh and smile with the people you love most.
For those that are alone this Easter, make gifts and cards for others, send Easter messages, and hop on a video chat with your family or close friends to share this holiday with them. Perhaps even start planning a house party for when all of this is over. Focus on the positive, and allow yourself to be infected by the hope of Easter.
What are your quarantine Easter plans? Let me know in the comments below!
Fancy dinners, Easter recipes, and fun crafts are only some of the ways to celebrate at home this year. I would love to hear what you have planned and to see some of your projects!
I wish you all a happy Easter!