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Your Alternative Easter Plans

Isabella goes through a list of safe, alternative Easter plans during self-isolation.

With our social distancing laws in full swing, this has inevitably put an end to most upcoming events on the calendar. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your Easter or holiday plans entirely. I’ve put my head down to think and I’ve come up with a list of safe, alternative Easter plans during self-isolation.

1. Make hot cross buns

As Jamie Oliver once said, “what is better than hot cross buns?!”

CHOCOLATE. HOT. CROSS. BUNS!

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Watch Jamie’s YouTube video (linked below) as he takes you through the process on how to make these warm and delicious festive buns.

 

View the recipe here

2. Lunch with family over zoom

Round up your family members, arrange a date and time and prepare your favourite meal as you take your family’s Easter traditions to Zoom/ Skype or face time. This is a nice alternative to spending time with your family and an opportunity to see how everyone is coping during these crazy times. To add to this idea, you can create a collaborative playlist on Spotify of everyone’s favourite artists and songs. Alternatively, you can totally do this idea with your friends.

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3. Make Easter cards

Grab that arts and craft supply that has been collecting dust somewhere in your room and get creative with Easter cards. You can keep it simple with a pen and paper or you can take it to the next level with a DIY design on www.pinterest.com.au (not sponsored).

4. Make a thank you or support card

As we are now spending more time at home than ever before, this is the perfect opportunity to take the time to say thank you to someone who has been a support system during this unsettling time. It is also an opportunity to reach out to someone to say that you are here to support them. Although this is a simple idea, it has a positive impact. Note: this idea can go with idea number 5.

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5. Deliver Easter eggs to your friend’s doorstep

You don’t have to remove the Easter egg tradition from your plans this year. Shop online to select your favourite Easter eggs and send them your friends’ way. This serves as a nice surprise and way to say that you’re thinking of them.

6. Virtual Easter egg hunt

I wrote this idea down before I figured out how this was going to work but then I did a google and found that this actually a thing!? Similar to idea number 2, arrange a time with your friends or fam to play the Easter egg hunt. Make sure everyone has a supply of chocolate eggs (I’d suggest to user bigger eggs so it’s easier for everyone on the other end to identify the eggs!). You then need to decide where to hide the eggs.

This next step can go one of two ways (I came up with option number 2).

  1. Use your laptop/ iPhone or other device which has Zoom/ Skype or Facetime and provide your friends with a tour of your house or of the vicinity where the eggs are hiding.
  2. The second option is to place the eggs in the background of where you are sitting and attempt to half blend them/ half subtly show them off.

Once everyone has found the eggs and counted their findings, you can either eat the amount of eggs found or eat them all!

p.s – yes, I’m aware of how strange this concept sounds.

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I hope I’ve given you some ideas on what to do during this holiday period. Although it might feel strange and vastly different from your usual Easter or holiday plans, keeping in contact with family and friends while still undertaking social distancing is important.

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Support services

If you, or someone you know, is suffering from health-related anxiety, there are a range of support services available:

Health Direct Australia: 1800 022 222 or  https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/

Mental Health Hotline NSW: 1800 011 511.

Mental Health Services Victoria: 1300 767 299 (9.00 am to 5.00 pm) or 03 9096 8287.

Lifeline: 13 11 14 or https://www.lifeline.org.au/.

Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 or https://www.beyondblue.org.au/.

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