Easter is going to look very different this year to the many we have known before. Quebec has now become one of the Provinces with very high cases of Covid-19 in Canada. I believe much if this is due to the older generation of Quebec and the fact that many are snowbirds that traveled from places much warmer over the Winter. With the virus issue in full swing it looks as though Easter will be much different, even virtual.
I remember Quebec as a kid. We would travel as a family to Grandma’s farm where we would tap trees to get fresh maple syrup. All of the family would gather and the kids would run throughout the house as the adults played cards. Church started off the festivities before we all sat down to a big meal with a variety of food ending with chocolate treats for everyone.
Fast forward to 2020 and Easter is going to be a struggle for many. The Country is on lockdown and gatherings are forbidden. Running around the house may have to be done through a game depending on the size of your house and cooking food for twenty may be a waste if there are only two of you. So how will we cope with Easter at this time?
Try these tips:
Being online is becoming normal and I am sure will change the way we do business and life as we come out of these challenging times. There are a number of ways you can do this based on what type of technology you have or you can go a step further to create something different.
Try a virtual dinner. It won’t be the same but it may be worth a try to at least have that family connection. Have each family cook their meals and eat together over a program like Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime so that you can have conversation during the meal.
Attend a religious ceremony with the family on Facebook or other social media platform.
Share recipes for the dishes you would have made for the family and have each family try to cook a dish they haven’t done before. Video tape the process and share it with your family in a family post.
Cook the dishes you would have cooked and eat a different one for dinner each night during the week. I know it’s called leftovers.
Feel free to come up with a few other ideas, the point is to stay connected even though apart. No matter how you choose to spend Easter I am sure it will be a different experience than what you have done before. However you decide to spend your Easter let me wish you a Happy Easter and hope it will be the only virtual Easter you have to have.
About the Author
Carmen Outridge is the owner of Outridge Translation Services and has been translating documents between English and French for over 30 years. Carmen is from Eastern Townships part of Quebec and understands the language and dialect of Quebec. To learn more about Outridge Translation Services or to get help with your next project visit www.outridgetranslation.com