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7 Ways to Safely Celebrate Easter

7 Ways to Safely Celebrate Easter

We may be rounding the corner on the pandemic, but it’s still likely that your Easter celebration will look a little different this year. But you can still connect with your faith and traditions, even as we continue to social distance to slow the spread of COVID-19. To help, we’ve put together a list of some of the ways you can still celebrate Easter while doing your part to keep everyone safe.   

Watch Easter Mass on TV or online

Attending Mass on Easter Sunday is a sacred tradition for many. But if you’re  unable to physically gather in church at this time, you can still celebrate the Eucharist by viewing Mass on television or online. As always, you can tune into Sunday Mass at Mercy Home at 9:30 a.m. CT on WGN-TV. For Easter, we will have a special one-hour Mass celebrated by Fr. Scott Donahue. You can also check our Sunday Mass website to view the Mass online after it has aired. 

Put on your Easter outfit

One of the best parts about Easter Sunday is seeing all the amazing outfits that people wear. If you’re unable to go to church or don’t feel comfortable venturing out to brunch, you can still get dressed up! Start your day by going to your closet and picking out that snazzy dress, suit, or hat that you had planned to wear. This might help you feel more connected to the Easter holiday, your traditions, and provide a sense of normalcy during this time.

Hold a virtual Easter gathering

Though getting together with extended family may not be an option this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still gather virtually! If you are able to, consider holding a video conference with those whom you would normally see on Easter. Even if it is for a short time, it might be nice to see your loved ones and maintain this tradition. And, it’ll give you a chance to show off your Easter outfit!

Easter Brunch 

Brunch is a popular Easter tradition, and one you can certainly continue during this time. If you are used to doing the cooking, you might consider making one or several of your favorite Easter dishes, such as ham, lamb, or eggs. If you are used to going out to eat, check to see if any local restaurants are providing carryout or delivery services on Easter. This will not only provide a delicious meal for you, it will help those in the restaurant industry at a time when they are hurting.

Hold an Easter egg hunt

While Easter activities may look different this year, one thing you can still do pretty seamlessly is holding an Easter egg hunt. If you have children, this is a great activity that can take place right in your home or in your yard. It’s also a good way to engage your kids and either continue an old tradition, or possibly start a new one. If you’ve never done an Easter egg hunt before, check out this article for a few simple tips

Go for a walk

After a big brunch, many people like to go for a family walk on Easter Sunday. This is a tradition you can continue at this time, but keep in mind safe social distancing practices. If you are unable to be with those whom you would normally take a walk with, you might try going for a “virtual walk”, speaking over the phone as you walk in your separate locations.

Watch your favorite Easter movies

A great way to cap off your holiday is by relaxing and enjoying your favorite Easter movies. If you don’t have any, some of our favorites include Jesus Christ SuperstarBen-Hur, and It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown! If you have Netflix, this article includes recommendations of Easter movies available on that platform. 

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