Now that they have officially declared the Easter Bunny as an essential worker, you might be asking yourself what you can do to celebrate Easter (on a budget) while still maintaining self-isolation and social distancing measures. And although many Easter celebrations have officially been canceled, that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t several wonderful (and inexpensive) ways that you can brighten up this colorful holiday! Here are iCASH’s top tips for ways that you can hop your way to savings and fun!
No matter what you end up doing to celebrate, this Easter is going to go down in the history books. Your children will tell their grandchildren about the Easter of 2020 when we were all on lockdown. So why not make it even more memorable by finding new traditions and innovative ways to celebrate!
TIP 1: INVOLVE THE GRANDPARENTS
This pandemic is definitely harder on the older generation than on any other generation. They are isolated, secluded and scared. Therefore, including them in your family’s celebrations becomes even more important! There are many different ways that you can make them feel special this year. If the budget permits, why not drop off an Easter basket with chocolate eggs directly at their doorstep? Dropping off some sunshine and cheer is simply good for the soul! Or, if money is a little tight these days, why not video record your children’s Easter egg hunt and include a personalized Easter wish from the kids. Then send the video to them to let them know that they are ever present in your hearts and minds.
TIP 2: EASTER DINNER VIA ZOOM
Is your family tradition to have a large Easter dinner with all of the extended family members? If so, there is no need to change that! But, in keeping with social distancing measures, simply switch it to a zoom dinner (or any other video conferencing platform). All you need to do is schedule a time for all of the households to be ready for dinner and, once you are all seated at your individual tables, join the call. It takes a little planning and getting used to, but it’s great fun for staying connected, even through these socially distant days.
TIP 3: NEIGHBOURHOOD EGG HUNT
This is a great tip for a crafting activity that will keep the kids occupied for several hours as well as a great way to decorate your house. Get together with your neighbourhood (virtually, of course) and have the kids in each home design, colour and decorate some eggs to hang in the front windows. Then, on Easter Sunday, go on an “egg hunt” walk throughout your neighbourhood to find as many eggs in the windows as you can. This is a great way to get the neighbourhood to feel connected as well as get some much-needed fresh air! In addition, the colourful eggs are an easy way to lift spirits and add colour to our days.
TIP 4: GET DRESSED UP
Yes, yes, we are all living through an age of barely getting out of our pyjamas! But Easter has always been a time for getting all dolled up and fancy. I mean, any holiday that includes funky hats is an awesome holiday! So, don that fancy hat and break out the kids' best dresses. The act of getting dressed up does wonders for the morale and turns an average day of being home into a fun day of being fancy (still at home!)
TIP 5: DECORATE EGGS
Decorating eggs is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to celebrate Easter! All you need is some water, vinegar, and food colouring (and eggs, of course!). This activity can easily fall into the “arts and crafts” part of the home-schooling day and is guaranteed to keep the kids busy and happy for several hours! Plus, the coloured eggs can then be used as a beautiful centerpiece during the family zoom dinner party mentioned in tip number 2!
These days are definitely some of the most uncertain that most of us have lived in our lifetime. But we are all in it together. iCASH is working hard to be there for Canadians who need us the most in these uncertain times. We understand the difficulties that many Canadians are facing and we are constantly evolving to better serve you in this daily-changing climate. If, during this Easter Holiday, you need to reach out to us, we are available 24hours a day, 7 days a week!