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As our collective society practices “social distancing” in an effort to quell the spread of COVID-19, we inevitably find ourselves missing more than just another game night with friends. As time passes, we also miss out on important milestones, like birthdays and weddings, as well as holidays like Easter and Passover.
Though undoubtedly disappointing to miss these much-anticipated in-person events, there’s a shred of silver silver lining: the fact that technology makes it possible for us to enjoy these special occasions together, even if not physically together. Here, some creative ideas to employ when a holiday just doesn’t really seem like much of a celebration.
Send paper invitations.
“Being ‘together’ over a web streaming service like Google Hangouts is the best option during this time of social distancing, but it can feel impersonal,” says Kim Shrack, owner of Hoopla! Letters. “A simple way to make it more personal is to share something tangible, like a handwritten invitation.” You likely already have everything you need: envelopes, stamps, pens or markers, and paper. Your invitation should include the date, time, and instructions on how to access your group video room, says Shrack.
Even if you don’t have family and friends coming over for a big brunch, creating the same sort of atmosphere can go a long way in terms of helping to get you in the holiday spirit. Dig out your spring wreath and your Easter bunnies or your special Passover seder plate. Of course, there are also printable options, if you don’t have much in storage. Look for printable Easter décor and seder plates and Passover games for kids, as well as Easter egg painting kids you can order and have delivered for minimal contact.
Order a special brunch or Seder meal.
Going out for an indulgent Easter brunch is something that so many families will, unfortunately, miss out on this year. But ordering a special brunch spread or elements for your seder from a local restaurant is a great way to enjoy a chef-driven meal at home and celebrate. It also happens to be a wonderful way to support local businesses during a difficult time.
Restaurants, like Shilling Canning Company in Washington, D.C., are already planning ahead for this, by offering things like mimosa and bloody Mary kits and pastry board filled with an array of from-scratch Boston cream doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, English muffins, and peach preserves. Alternatively, if you live near each other, families can divide up the menu and create family takeout that can be picked up on someone’s front porch, says Stacy Bergman, a rabbi in Westchester, New York.
Because social distancing is so widespread, many churches and synagogues are unable to meet in person and are offering streaming services through platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom. Reach out to the leader at your house of worship, or log on to their website for specifics. To get yourself in the spirit, don’t forget to dress up as you would if you were to leave the house. “On those special days something as simple as getting dressed up in your special holiday outfits can set the tone for the day,” says Meryl Lefkowitz, director of marketing and development at Booked Parties.
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