This year will be a different Easter for people all over the world. Most churches will not be holding in person services, and so many people will be at home in their Easter bonnets and dresses (or, more likely, their comfy clothes) watching a screen and singing along in their living room.
My family went to church every Sunday growing up, so of course we went on Easter too. In fact, we spent much of Easter morning at church because my dad led the church choir, and my sisters and I sang in the children’s choir at both services. I remember going shopping to pick out our Easter dresses; coming down the hall on Easter morning to check out what awaited us in our fluffy, pastel-colored Easter baskets; and the way it felt to sing Hallelujah for the first time in weeks on Easter Sunday. Our church always hosted a big breakfast for the choir members in between services and I always looked forward to the Cheesy Egg Casseroles, the sweet baked goods, and the chocolate candies we would later get to eat.
I grew up knowing the meaning of Easter was more than candy and the Easter bunny, but like any kid I looked forward to the tangible pleasures of the occasion – the treats, the egg hunt, and the pretty dress. Though as an adult I haven’t gone to church every Sunday, I still look forward to Easter. It often marks the arrival of spring, and the chance for hope, renewal, and growth.
This year there will likely be no in-person egg hunts and definitely no big Easter breakfast at church for me. Maybe we’ll do a small egg hunt in the backyard for my daughter and a nice breakfast, but it will definitely be different. I don’t know about you, but I am still struggling with how to help and connect with my neighbors and my community in this time of social distancing. In a normal time I would bake cookies and treats and share them with my neighbors, but instead now I just bake to distract myself.
Nonetheless, I’m still going to hold on to the hope that comes with the Easter season. Hope that we as a country will come together and take care of each other as best as we can during this crisis. Hope that we will come out a better nation (and world) at the end of this. Hope that this time of social distancing will help us to reach out to each other more and appreciate the simple things in life.
For this occasion of Easter, I made these Easter Egg Macarons from Tessa Huff’s book Icing on the Cake. Mine did not turn out nearly as beautiful as hers, but I was still happy with the result. Making macarons is no easy task, but even if the results are somewhat misshapen and puffy, hopefully you will still find comfort in the whipping and the stirring, the resting of the batter, and filling of little sandwich cookies. Leave me a comment if you want the recipe.
Happy Easter! Sending everyone peace!