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3/24/2021 | By Terri L. Jones

Are you having a hard time remembering last Easter? It’s probably because we sort of skipped over it thanks to the pandemic! Lockdowns had gone into effect only a few weeks before – so, in all likelihood, your Easter dinner was whatever you could scavenge from the freezer to cook; your religious service was streamed online or watched on TV (if at all); and your family gathering was held via Zoom.

Things are hardly back to normal this Easter; however, we should be able to celebrate in somewhat more normal ways this year. Here are some tips to make Easter better and more festive in 2021 – as well as safe!

Who can come?

It’s probably best to still keep your gatherings small this Easter. But if you’re fully vaccinated, you can gather with others who are also vaccinated. According to the CDC, you can also come together with unvaccinated people from a single household without masks or distancing, as long as everyone has a low risk for severe COVID-19 complications. If you’re not vaccinated, celebrate outdoors with a handful of your loved ones, wear masks and social distance.

What can you serve?

Make Easter better this year with a much wider variety of food choices! You’re probably comfortable ordering your groceries online or even safely venturing inside the grocery store now. Therefore, it won’t be as difficult to get the food you need to whip up a traditional (or nontraditional) Easter dinner this year. But you also have a great excuse for not cooking at all as all those local restaurants still need your support during these tough times. Try to get a table on a patio, if the weather permits, and if the restaurant is crowded because of the holiday, order takeout instead.

Where can you worship?

If the weather’s nice, many churches will probably host their Easter services outdoors and socially distanced, some at sunrise like they typically do. If you’re still not vaccinated and not comfortable congregating with a group of people, you’ll have no trouble finding Easter services online or on TV.

How can you make it special?

Last year the stores that sold the chocolate bunnies and eggs were all locked up tight. This year, they’re stocked to overflowing with everything you need to make the grandkids, your spouse or your friends a bountiful – and extra-special – Easter basket. Just be sure to shop as early as possible to avoid the crowds.

Easter is all about renewal and new beginnings. Finally, we can be hopeful that a new beginning is on its way!

Terri L. Jones

Terri L. Jones has been writing educational and informative topics for the senior industry for over ten years, and is a frequent and longtime contributor to Seniors Guide. She also writes for many other local magazines and publications.

Terri L. Jones