The onset of COVID-19 caused by the Coronavirus has affected thousands of households all over the country, forcing people to work from home and stay at home under quarantine to help avoid spreading the virus. This has caused many to postpone gatherings and parties, including plans made for Easter, which is just a little over a week away. However, the Coronavirus crisis shouldn’t be a reason to postpone celebrating Easter, as there are safe ways to celebrate the holiday even under quarantine. In this edition of our Coronavirus Safety series, we’re checking out ways on how to celebrate Easter under quarantine and how we can safely honor the holiday and spend time with our loved ones without risking infection.
Easter Services Go Online for Coronavirus Safety
Easter is a time to celebrate, but with the onset of COVID-19 and the risk it poses to hundreds of people congregating for mass, more and more pastors are taking to other avenues to celebrate mass and preach the good news of Jesus’ rising. This year’s Easter celebrations will be like no other, as people will refrain from congregating and instead will check out online venues for live stream services that are hosted from the pastor’s home. Technology has enabled this to take place, with Facebook Live and YouTube offering ways to broadcast right in the comfort of their own homes. Others even hold online bible studies through similar channels to help recreate a sense of community as we go through the Coronavirus pandemic. Now more than ever, more people are looking to connect with others while keeping safely isolated in their own homes.
How to Celebrate Easter Under Quarantine: Get Crafty!
Easter is one of the oldest traditions in the Christian faith, as it is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For families with children, this is an opportunity to teach them about the meaning of Easter through fun crafts. Here are some of the cutest crafts you can work on yourself or with the family.
1. Embroider a whimsical Easter rabbit.
Whether you’re new to embroidery or a skillful master, this fun whimsical Easter rabbit project is one to keep you occupied through the holiday. It requires 6 basic stitches, all explained in the step by step instruction that comes in this PDF document. It also includes a printable stitching pattern for 5″/13cm embroidery hoop and a free size pattern (for any size of hoop), an illustrated guide, instructions for transferring your patterns, instructions for the back side decoration of hoop, and a YouTube link for the embroidery tutorial. Note that this is a digital download and does not include materials. Shop for the pattern on Etsy.
2. Craft some delightful sleeping Easter bunny decor for your home.
The quarantine has given some of us more time for extracurriculars and hobbies. This Easter season, get creative by crafting some super cute Easter bunny decor. This Molly and Mama felt design lets you sew tiny bunnies and their ultra cute carrot sleeping bags! It’s a nice Easter tree decoration or knick knack to place all over your home this season. Sit back, relax, and get your mind off the Coronavirus pandemic by working on this pattern while listening to your favorite podcast. The bunny measures about 1.25” x 2.5” while the carrot measures about 2.5” x 5”. Shop for the pattern on Etsy.
3. Crochet iconic Easter characters that will charm the kids.
Create an Easter chick, bunny, and carrot complete with a mini textured jute basket, with this quick and easy pattern from Firefly Crochets. The easily downloadable pattern comes with 15 pages A4 of detailed instructions, 77 photos illustrating the process, and a step-by-step tutorial with photos. Note that this is only the pattern and you’ll need to find some additional materials in your home, such as 3 mm and 3.5 mm crochet hooks, polyester fiberfill for stuffing, 5 mm black safety eyes, 2 small white buttons (6 mm), black embroidery thread, white sewing thread, tapestry needle, pins, and scissors, most of which you may already have if you’re an avid crafter! Shop for the pattern at Etsy.
4. Build a festive Easter garland.
Here’s an activity for the family: a pretty Easter themed garland featuring a cheery pastel colorway. Create a whimsical Easter garland with this PDF download, which contains step by step instructions and all the templates you need to make all 7 items in the garland: 3 eggs, 2 bunnies, and 2 chicks, all of which are about 10 cm tall. Beginner crafters will enjoy this, as it has an easy difficulty level and only requires blanket stitch and straight stitch. Shop for the pattern on Etsy.
5. Knit up a wonderful surprise.
If your kids love Kinder Surprise, they’ll adore this Easter DIY version of it. Lovingly made, these fun knitted Easter bunnies and eggs can be made using this handy instant download of a pattern from Lovely Knit Creation. The pattern kit includes 11-page detailed instructions, 35 detailed step-by-step photographs, and instructions for stuffing and finishing the toy. You’ll need to be an intermediate knitter to complete this project, which requires skills such as cast on/cast off, knit, purl, increase and decrease. Shop for the pattern on Etsy.
How to Celebrate Easter Under Quarantine: Make Food with the Family
One of the best ways to practice Coronavirus safety (aside from frequent hand-washing) while celebrating Easter with the family is to bond in the kitchen. Making food with the family is a great way to pass the time and is also an opportunity to teach kids about nutrition. Perfect for Easter, this Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon recipe from I’m Bored Let’s Go is a recipe that puts a familiar Easter symbol at the center of the table: eggs! With only 75 calories, eggs are packed with high-quality protein, iron, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids. According to WebMD, eggs are “a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients,” including lutein and zeaxanthin for good eyesight. During a crucial time like this, it’s good to keep healthy by maintaining a balanced diet, taking health supplements, and making sure that despite staying indoors, we get enough exercise to keep our immune system strong. Try this recipe for delicious deviled eggs this Easter season.
Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon by Judy
Ingredients for Candied Bacon:
3 strips of thick cut bacon
2 tbsp brown sugar
pinch of cayenne
pinch of cinnamon
Ingredients for Deviled Eggs:
8 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut in half
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp mustard
1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp cayenne
paprika for garnish
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1. Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Large Eggs 12 ct
Produced by hens that are tended by hand on small family farms in the U.S., Vital Farms eggs are pasture-raised in at least 108 square feet roaming room for healthy chickens. These eggs are Certified Humane. Customers have rated this product 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon Fresh.
2. Oscar Mayer Selects Natural Thick Cut Smoked Uncured Bacon, 12 oz
This pack of thick cut bacon from Oscar Mayer features meat that is uncured and natural, made without artificial ingredients, nitrates or nitrites, except those naturally occurring in celery juice and sea salt. It’s smoked for extra flavor that will go well with any sandwich, casserole, or dish. Shop at Amazon Fresh.
3. Kraft Real Mayonnaise, 12 oz
Nothing quite beats the classic. Kraft Real Mayonnaise is made with quality ingredients and features a light taste with a creamy texture, perfect for spreading, dipping, and whipping up amazing deviled eggs for Easter. It is made with cage-free eggs so you know you’re getting only goodness with every bottle. Customers rated this product 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon Fresh.
4. Heinz Yellow Mustard, 20 oz
Made with 100% natural ingredients and a secret blend of spices and vinegar, Heinz Yellow Mustard provides just the perfect blend of flavor and tang to add a zing to your sandwiches and dishes. Customers rated this product 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon Fresh.
5. Organic Green Onion (Scallions)
Did you know that scallions are high in fiber and contain no cholesterol? It’s also packed with vitamin K for healthy blood and bones, the antioxidant vitamin C, and folate. Customers rated this fresh product 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon Fresh.
6. Organic Baby Dill
Dill not only adds great flavor to any dish, it also provides vitamin C, vitamin A, and manganese. It also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Customers have rated this fresh product 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon Fresh.
To make the bacon, combine the brown sugar, cayenne and cinnamon in a bowl. Set the bacon on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Coat each slice with half of the spiced mixture and then bake in the oven for about 10 minutes with a 350° temperature. Turn over the bacon, apply the mixture, and bake for another 10 minutes. Once done, remove from the oven and let cool. Dice once bacon is cooled down.
To make the eggs, first separate the egg yolk. Combine the egg yolk, mayonnaise, mustard, dill, cayenne, scallions, and bacon. Make sure ingredients are fully mixed. Season to taste and then stuff the eggs with filling. Garnish and sprinkle with paprika to taste. Add some bacon and dill as toppings. Serve and enjoy!
Video Call Your Loved Ones and Host an Online Party
Not even COVID-19 can stop anyone from safely celebrating Easter. You and your family can safely celebrate Easter in the comfort of your own homes thanks to technology. Video call or chat with loved ones and schedule catch-ups and dinners with them. You can even get creative and host a movie night, by watching the same movie at the same time. Dinner can be served at the same time too to recreate the atmosphere of a real, in-person get together. Turn on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone and start video calling loved ones to let them know they are not alone in practicing Coronavirus safety and that you can find ways on how to celebrate Easter under quarantine in a safe way.
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