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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!
Easter This year, Easter looks and feels a little different for all of us. Although it may feel sad or disappointing to miss out on your usual Easter traditions, you have the opportunity to get creative and make some fun new traditions! With food and supply shortages in many cities and the lengthier shipping times, you should start planning now. Here are a few tips and ideas to ensure that you and your family have a happy Easter at home.
  • Grocery store shelves are sparse so start looking for food and supplies now. You might need to change up your typical Easter menu to adapt to what you are able to find at the grocery store right now. If you shop at a grocery store that offers curbside or delivery options, it can take several days for orders to be fulfilled, so keep that in mind when placing an order.
  • If you’ve been doing lots of cooking these past few weeks this might be a good time to give yourself a break! Many local restaurants are offering catered Easter meals. Check out the Facebook pages or websites of your favorite local restaurants to see which ones are offering Easter specials with curbside or delivery options.
  • While you’re at it, many local wineries are offering curbside or delivery options. Pick up a bottle to go with Easter dinner. 
  • If you and your family like to use plastic Easter eggs filled with candy, be sure and place your Amazon, Target, Walmart, etc. order as quickly as possible to make sure your order arrives in time. 
  • If your family prefers to dye or color real eggs at Easter, this year might be a good time to find an alternative to Easter egg dying. Many grocery stores have a shortage of eggs right now. One fun alternative are string and balloon eggs! Here’s a quick and easy tutorial:
  • If you’re looking to avoid grocery stores or Amazon orders—keep it local! Many local stores and boutiques are selling pre-packaged Easter baskets. Many are even taking custom orders! Some of these businesses are delivering right to your door.
  • You may have heard about, or participated in a “Bear Hunt” around your neighborhood. Send out a group message to your neighbors and see if they’re interested in setting up an Egg Hunt! Have everyone hide Easter eggs (paper or plastic) in their windows and families can go for walks and go Easter egg hunting! Listen to the “We’re Going on an Egg Hunt” book read aloud here: 
  • Most churches have gone digital! Make sure you figure out how and when your church service will be broadcast on Easter Sunday.
  • I know it’s hard to be away from family during the holidays. If you’re like me, you’re used to celebrating Easter with about 45 of your favorite people—your extended family! Schedule a Zoom, Facetime, or Skype call with family members that you won’t get to see this Easter. A digital visit isn’t quite as good as the real deal, but something is better than nothing! 
It’s important to remember that this social-distancing season won’t last forever. Soon, we’ll look back at this strange time in our lives and remember how we adapted and made it through together. Hopefully, we’ll also be able to look back at the good memories we made with our families while we were all tucked away in our houses. From our First United Bank family to yours, we wish you a healthy and happy Easter.