Easter is going to look a little different this year.

Congregations won’t be able to meet inside churches for their yearly Easter service wearing their new Easter dresses and church hats.

I’ve always looked forward to Easter Sunday, getting a new Easter dress, and I remember the years that I would take part in plays at churches portraying the resurrection of Jesus.

But, even though Easter won’t exactly look the same this year, families can still find ways to come together and share some of their traditions.

Some churches still continue to hold drive-in church services in the parking lot, and many are streaming their services online or on the radio giving families a chance to worship from their home.

Families could even still get dressed in their Sunday best if they prefer.

Moms could still cook their traditional Easter ham with all the fixings for those in the household, and for those who prefer not to cook, some restaurants will be offering meals to-go.

The Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center is still holding their annual Easter meal, but this year, the buffet is to-go. Orders must be placed by noon today.

Families can still hold Easter egg hunts for their immediate family. Stop in Walmart, or pull out those old buckets of Easter eggs stored away in your shed, and have the adults place them around the yard for an Easter egg hunt — home edition.

I’m sure many will miss the annual hunt at the fairgrounds or at the area churches, but there’s still a chance for families to enjoy themselves.

For those who do want to get out of the house, Clarksville Baptist Church is hosting a drive-thru Easter egg hunt.

Organizers plan to hide eggs around the church grounds, and as cars enter, participants will receive a map. As they see an egg, mark it on the map.

At the exit, children will get candy (that organizers say will be prepared in a bag by people with gloves and marks), and if participants get within 10 of the total number of eggs, the family will get an extra prize.

Other traditions such as dying eggs can still be done from the comfort of your home.

The Easter bunny can still visit leaving chocolate bunnies for the children, and families can still discuss the meaning of Easter.

Don’t let the doom and gloom of the world’s current affairs keep your family from enjoying the holiday.

Happy Easter.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com