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Easterís still a time to share and celebrate, even at a distance
Traditions continue with change of pace
Published Thursday, April 9, 2020 10:00 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Easter traditions like sweets for children, can be celebrated despite social distancing due to COVID-19.

You can’t spend Easter with all your loved ones, but you can send them love.

The Friday before Palm Sunday, April 5, a package arrived. A layer of pastel tissue paper covered the contents. It included a note entitled things to do with Easter stickers. The instructions read as follows: “Open package. Check out all of the goodies. Pick out your favorites. Remember to share. Enjoy the banana bread. Put extra cookies in the freezer. Hide eggs for each other. Have a Happy Easter!”

Dozens of homemade cookies, jellybeans, eggs, chocolate and other treats were beneath the pastel tissue paper. The box included everything you would typically find in an Easter basket—which could not be given in person because while Palm Sunday has come and gone, the coronavirus goes on.

Is Easter almost here? After March, the month that refused to end, April 12 is really around the corner.

Everyone has their own Easter traditions. Some go to church, have brunch at Grandma’s, travel hours and hours to see cousins, and so forth. That is not happening this year, at least it should not be. Stay-at-home orders prevent gatherings larger than 10 people, and even if they did not, the world faces a pandemic. Stay home. Attend a virtual church service. Call loved ones on Good Friday, April 10. Pray together. Laugh together. Cry together. If you want to make an Easter feast, do it. If you need a mental break and you need Easter to just be another Sunday, that is OK, too.

Whatever you believe, and however you choose or do not choose to treat April 12 is entirely up to you. However, if you typically spend Easter surrounded by family, laughter, too much chocolate, prayers of thanksgiving and joy for all that resurrection Sunday represents, there is a place for that too.

If you have young ones who love seeing what the Easter Bunny brought them, or you are an adult with a sweet tooth, color Easter eggs with your kids. If you have grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc. send them Easter egg coloring kits, a chocolate bunny—maybe two. We all need a little love right now. Keep a chocolate bunny for yourself too.

Ashley Mahoney is a multimedia journalist at The Post.


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