Celebrating Life at Easter

Easter is less than a week away. This year is going to be much different from what a traditional Easter is for most of us. This year, we’ll be apart from our families, and trying to make the best of it. I am reminded of the Christmas of 2009, when we were snowed in and unable to be with family on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

For me, Easter brings memories of going to my grandma’s house. My great-grandparents were there, along with my aunt, uncle, and cousins. We’d hunt Easter eggs, eat a massive dinner, and in the afternoon we’d go to the field across from my grandma’s house and fly kites.

I still like to fly kites on Easter when weather permits. This year, it looks like it will be too cold. We will still try to incorporate some other traditions, though. There will be Easter eggs, candy, and lots of food. My menu includes scalloped potatoes (just like grandma make), ham, corn, freshly baked bread or buns, and chocolate pie for dessert. It won’t be the same as being with our parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews, but it’s important to celebrate anyway.

Those of us with young children in our lives may be struggling to find ways to make Easter special this year. Reading is an easy way to keep the holiday at the forefront this week. Here are some books with Easter, spring, and bunny themes to read. If you have grandchildren you’re away from this week, you could even read one to them via video chat!

“Easter,” by Rebecca Pettiford

“Easter,” by Brenda Haugen

“Happy Easter, Gus!” by Jacklynn Williams

“Too Many Carrots,” by Katy Hudson

“Berenstain Bears Easter Magic,” by Stan and Jan Berenstain

“Spring Surprises,” by Anna Jane Hays

“Curious George and the Bunny,” H.A. and Margret Rey

“The Story of Easter,” by Sarah Young

“Queen of Easter,” by Mary Engelbreit

“Easter Egg Day,” by Tara Knudson

“Mickey’s Easter Hunt,” by Sheila Sweeny Higginson

“Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure,” by James Dean

There are many more great titles to explore. I’ll leave you for today with Happy Easter wishes from my family to yours.

~Val