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The Social Distancing Egg Hunt

If you’ve spent any time with me, you probably know that Easter is my favorite holiday. Growing up, it was the one time a year that my dad’s family all came to visit. My grandma cooked for several days in preparations, my grandpa cooked a pig and invited the neighbors, and we had a massive easter egg hunt after church on Sunday morning.

Well, as I’m sure you can imagine, none of those things can happen in the season that is COVID-19. And while that can be sad and overwhelming, I think it’s still important to find reasons to celebrate in this season of uncertainty-- hence, my idea for the social distancing egg hunt.

First of all, if you are blessed to come from a large family and there are several siblings in the household, obviously an egg hunt could go on as planned-- but I still think this idea could prove helpful to prevent bickering between siblings, which is a bonus in and of itself.

In the event that you live in a neighborhood that typically hosts a community egg hunt, you may consider assigning egg colors to each house/child, so that they can be allowed to hunt for their specific egg color at different times without fear of “not finding enough” eggs.

Another idea for a community or neighborhood that wants to continue with their previously scheduled egg hunt, would be for participating households to hang a large Easter egg on the front porch to determine that they have eggs hidden in their yard. That way kids know that they can come and find eggs, similar to how homes will leave a porch light on Halloween night, so people know whether they’re accepting trick-or-treaters.

If you are avoiding going to the store and don’t want to spend additional money on candy and plastic eggs, you can make it an art activity instead! Participating families can spend an afternoon coloring pictures of easter eggs, and then can hide them in the yard by a designated day/time. Then your family can jump in the car and drive around the neighborhood looking for eggs throughout the neighborhood in an I-Spy fashion.

However you choose to celebrate, I hope that you won’t let Easter weekend pass you by without taking some time to reflect on how fortunate we are to have our health and our loved ones at a time like this.

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