As I sat here trying to think about what to write about for this week’s blog, my mind kept settling on Easter and what the holiday will look like for many people this year.
In this time of social distancing and self-isolation, what does one do when faced with a holiday? Normally a time when family gets together to break bread and celebrate. A time when church congregations swell a little more. A time when so many people are out shopping for the feast they’re going to prepare.
The answer is simple: We adapt.
Adapting for Holidays During a Pandemic
It’s one of the things we’re pretty good at. If someone had told me at the beginning of 2020 that my job would become ‘essential’, that many businesses would close to limit social interaction, that the 401 would look like a ghost town at rush hour, I would have dismissed it as unimaginable. And then it all happened.
Let’s put it into perspective for a moment. Those who should stay home are staying home. Much of that is precipitated by our ability to get most of what we need through home delivery and curbside pickup. Heck, we can even get a little something special (read: besides groceries) for dinner if we decide to order out.
But what is a traditionally family-oriented holiday going to look like this year? Different, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s just different.
Ways to Celebrate Easter While Social Distancing
We’ll be celebrating in smaller, more intimate groups of immediate family members (read: those who live with you). While I will miss seeing my family and watching my nieces and nephews hunting for chocolate eggs this year, it’s going to be a little less stressful in terms of having to coordinate a huge dinner with all of the moving parts that generally go along with it. It’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to keep my family safe and one I hope you’ve also considered.
Still want to have a family gathering? Consider a Skype or FaceTime dinner. We live in an age where we don’t have to be physically together to connect and when we make use of the available technology, the distance between us gets a whole lot smaller. While it may seem like an innovative idea, it can make the isolation we’re all forced to live in a little less isolating. It’s the best alternative when you consider the necessity of staying put and of not exposing vulnerable populations to the risk of contamination.
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