Easter will look very different this year. Large family gatherings will be replaced by long-distance chats over video. Annual egg hunts will be modified for some children into social-distanced walks around the block, spying paper eggs hung in a neighbor’s window. And as we learn every spring, the winter will end, the earth will be new again, and this too shall pass.

This year we’ll take it a bit slower and notice more of the little things that make this time of year special. Appreciating the small signs of the earth waking up from winter, the spring colors bursting from the ground, the friendly waves from neighbors as we take our walks, and the small acts of kindness that surround us every day.

This year we can celebrate Easter in little ways, by sending beautiful spring blooms to our friends and family and filling our own homes with fragrance and beauty as a reminder of the encouraging message of rebirth and renewal that comes in springtime.

We can celebrate Easter with those we love by passing along that message of hope with dazzling spring flowers.

Send a calla lily or traditional Easter lily to a friend, a symbol of new life and serenity. Give the gift of eye-popping color with a hydrangea to jumpstart spring in a neighbor’s yard, or bring springtime into a loved one’s home with an African violet or blooming azalea. Announce that Easter has arrived with a display of daffodils, and remember our friends at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm by beautifying your home with tulips. Wooden Shoe will receive 100% of the proceeds and the warm support from our community they need right now.

The opportunities to show friendship, encouragement and hope during this season are everywhere. Spread cheer and the excitement that spring brings: a new beginning for the plants and for the animals and for us. Easter is here, just when we needed it the most.