Things are settling into a “new normal” and even festivities are taking on new looks.
If we’re being honest, watching New Zealand’s Prime Minister confirm to children that the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are indeed essential workers but, they may not make it to each and every household this year as their own families might need them more is one of the more reassuring messages on adapting and getting creative that we’ve seen this week. It’s one simple way to enable people to cope with change.
We know things will continue to be “strange” for a while so we found 6 ways to celebrate Easter, from the safety of your own home, this year:
#1 Take the opportunity to put on your Easter best
If you’ve been shuffling between day and night (or even conference-call-) pyjamas, it’s time to dust off your best clothes and actually put them on.
#2 Schedule a virtual hang out
The extended family can’t get together at the moment so why not dodge those awkward well-meaning questions with a good old “internet connectivity error.”
#3 Dig out all your best Easter decorations
You can hide Easter eggs under a Christmas tree right?
#4 Decorate Easter eggs with the kids
Geometric designs, squiggly lines, paint, colourful sand, magic markers. Dig out the old art box and pour everything out onto the table. No one leaves until everyone has colourful smudges on their faces.
#5 Have an egg hunt in the backyard/neighbourhood
Wake your children up bright and early to search for their breakfast (beautifully decorated hard-boiled eggs) in the garden.
Or, take a leaf from Kiwi PM, Jacinda Ardern to have a drive-by neighbourhood egg hunt:
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This is a message for the kids of New Zealand. I’ve been asked by lots of you whether the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny are an essential service (I even got asked in a press conference today!) I have good news, the are! But because we’re all in isolation at the moment, the Easter Bunny might not make it to every house this year (they probably have to look after their own Bunny family too). So just in case, I’m wondering if you’ll help me create an Easter egg hunt for all the children in your neighbourhood? You can draw your own Easter egg, or you can colour in the one that some of my clever friends helped to make. All you have to do is colour it in or decorate it, and pop it in your window for other kids to find. I’d also love to see your designs. If you email them to [email protected], or share them on social media using the hashtag #NZEggHunt, I’ll pop a few of them here and on Facebook over the Easter weekend. Have fun everyone! P.S you can print a copy of this colouring sheet over on my Facebook page.
#6 Establish new traditions
How about a Zoom con-call for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas too?