First 5 LA’s 5 Tips for Virtual Family Holidays This Spring
Throughout the world, gathering the family together for Passover or Easter this Spring takes on a different flavor this year. Connecting with others this season while maintaining physical distance can be a challenge. Here are ideas for making the most of this Spring holiday season:
- Make connecting easy. Some family members (you know who they are) may be less tech-savvy than others. Offer a step-by-step tutorial in advance of meeting, or better yet, use the most user-friendly platform you can find, such as FaceTime and other video call programs.
- Create new traditions. The huge, traditional roasts or multi-course meals of the past may not work this year for many reasons. Instead, have each family choose something to “share” virtually — and provide the recipe to everyone in case they would like to make it, too.
- Have children help plan and contribute. Children can take part in decorating the table and creating decorations to share with other family members. Send pictures for everyone to enjoy.
- Create a virtual egg or afikomen hunt. Both Passover and Easter involve children searching for something, whether it is candy eggs or afikomen, the hidden matzo. Make sure everyone has treats to hand out at home. Have an appointed leader use their phone or tablet to explore their home or backyard, facing the camera so everyone can take a look around. (Eggs/Afikomen should be hidden, but easy to see on camera.) Ask kids to call out when they spot eggs or the afikomen, then get closer and show your hand picking it up. Parents then hand out treats or rewards for the afikomen to their own children.
- Keep meaning and spirit in mind. What is the goal of getting together? This year is different for many reasons. Finding meaning and hope in Spring holidays can be helpful — no matter how you celebrate.