Making Easter or Passover Memorable From Home

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For many of us, this time of year is one of the most sacred and special times. It’s full of meaning and tradition. And I know, if you’re like me, you might be mourning some of things you usually do to celebrate Easter or Passover each spring. 

I am mourning not being able to attend church with people I love on Easter Sunday. It’s always such a celebratory gathering. Every Easter I make a big Easter dinner, and we invite people whose families also live out of town. We have a big egg hunt for all the kids. I will miss that so much. I’ll even miss forcing my kids to wear new Easter outfits. I didn’t even buy an Easter dress for my daughter this year. I think it’s OK to take a minute to mourn these things and look on the bright side and celebrate the best we can. 

Though it make look different this year, there are lots of things we can do at home to make Easter or Passover memorable for kids this year. We can pass down our beliefs and traditions and have a little fun while we do it. 

I am a Christian. I believe Easter is all about hope. Hope that really awful stuff can be turned into something beautiful. Hope that miracles happen. There is always, always hope. Even in the darkest of times. I believe that someday everything bad and evil will come untrue. So this year, it’s more important than ever that I dive into the things that ground me and the things I hold true. 

One important thing my family and I have planned this Easter is to attend virtual Holy Week gatherings with our church for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. A guide to places of worship hosting online services is coming very soon to ABQ Moms Blog. 

Take a look below at some fun and meaningful things to do from home this spring. 

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Easter Recipes

Make resurrection rolls

Bake a bunny cake. 

Make these birds’ nest cookies

Bake hot cross buns


Easter Crafts

Make & decorate salt dough Easter eggs

Create resurrection eggs or buy them pre-made on Amazon

Dye Easter eggs. 

Create this fluffy bunny with a paper plate and cotton balls. 


Easter Decorations

Participate in the Albuquerque Neighborhood Egg Hunt.

Decorate an Easter egg tree in your yard. 

Create these satisfying string easter eggs. 

Turn your front door (or any door in your house) into a bunny. 


Easter Movies

Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol

Hop

Peter Rabbit

The Miracle Maker

The Dog Who Saved Easter

Rise of the Guardians

The Easter Bunny Is Coming to Town


Passover

Passover hasn’t taken on the secular nature that Easter has over the years. So the crafts and activities are not as plentiful. But there’s still lots of ways to make Passover special with your children. 

Host or attend a virtual Seder (if your stream of Judaism allows for it).

Bake your own Matzah. 

Print these 5 downloadable activities for kids.

Play this Seder trivia game with your kids.  

Check out this post with other ideas about engaging your kids in Passover Seder

Watch these 5 Passover Movies with your kids. 


Here are a few other ideas from some of our sister sites. 

Passover in a Pandemic: Resources to Celebrate in Unprecedented Times from DC Area Moms Blog

Celebrating Easter While Social Distancing from Birmingham Moms Blog

Teaching Children How to Celebrate Easter & Passover from Dallas Moms

Celebrating Easter at Home Guide from Toledo Moms

Ideas for Celebrating Easter at Home from Corpus Christi Moms Blog


Enjoy this special time of  year with your family!

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Vanessa Bush
Vanessa loves her people and loves Albuquerque and has lots to say about both. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, Nate, and they have three kids (Micah, Corban, & Evangeline). Originally from Florida, she’s lived in Albuquerque since 2009 when she and her family relocated to start a new church. Even though she misses wearing flip-flops year-round, New Mexico has truly enchanted her, and the desert feels like home. When she is not chauffeuring children about town, Vanessa works as the Director of Strategy and part-owner of Truly Social Digital Marketing Agency, enjoys volunteering at church, loves watching college football, and drinks a little too much coffee. She is passionate about connecting women with each other, loving her people, and finding the good in her place. Follow her on Instagram @vanessamaebush.