This year, Mother’s Day might look a little different due to COVID-19. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find unique and fun activities to celebrate this special day. Depending on your mom’s interests, that could mean a lot of different things. Does she like being creative? Perhaps she would be down to make TikTok videos. Does she like the great outdoors? Consider planning flowers or taking a hike. In that spirit, our blog squad will share their traditions and ideas for the best Mother’s Day activities during a pandemic.Mother's Day gifts from son and daughter.

Cooking together: Wynter

In the past, I would take my mom and grandma out for lunch to their favorite restaurant. This year, I’m going to invite my mom over to cook lunch together and spend quality time with her. I’ll have a couple of recipes available for us to choose from because my mom is a picky eater. Plus, it will give us an opportunity to bond and try something new for a change. Cooking with my mom brings me back to my childhood when I watched her cook meals for my brother and me. For my grandma, I’m unable to physically see her, but I am going to create a Mother’s Day basket of all of her favorite things such as candy, flowers, and pictures of us.

Planting flowers: Jacquie

Growing up, Mother’s Day was always a special day as I was so excited to give my mom the day off of her responsibilities, shower her with flowers, make dinner for her…the whole 9 yards!  As I grew older and became a mom myself, the love and respect I had for my mom grew infinitely and I always made sure to visit my mom or call her on her special day.  Three years ago, my mother passed away, so Mother’s Day has become bittersweet for me.  I think of her a lot and now on Mother’s Day, after Sunday morning mass, I stay at church to light a candle in her honor and say an extra prayer for her.  In the afternoon, I’ll plant her favorite flowers so I’ll feel like she is with me every time I water them and watch them bloom.  That is my new Mother’s Day celebration!

Creating crafts: Lori

This year my Mother’s Day will be a bit different, just like everyone else’s, I’m sure.  But different doesn’t have to mean bad, or inconvenient, or even hard.  I’m planning on buying a bunch of crafts from Walmart, and hanging with my tween daughter most of the day while we make them together.  I’m going to buy a blanket-making kit; I’m going to buy some puzzles, and we’re going to paint some rocks with some bright and pretty paint markers.  I don’t need an expensive dinner, or presents.  But I do need some quality time with my family…that’s more than enough for me. 

Sending gifts: Allison

My mom and sisters and I all live in different states, so we don’t get to see each other for Mother’s Day. Luckily the internet exists! If you also live long distance from your mom, try sending a gift card to one of her local restaurants or find something cool in her city that you both enjoy. My mom and I both like a Wyoming-based artist (local for my mom, not local for me), so we have given each other art prints as gifts more than once. It’s a great way to bond!

Personalized DVD: Romulo

As Abraham Lincoln once said, “All that I am, all that I hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”  My mom sacrificed so much so that I would have a better life than she did. Now that my mother is older, one thing that she enjoys is a DVD that I made, a “movie” which is actually a slideshow created with pictures from over the years of family members, vacations, and get-togethers, usually set to some music that she enjoys, such as 50’s Rock N’ Roll tunes. The DVD is an easy way for her to view the pictures on her TV, she can simply pop it into the DVD player and enjoy the warm memories from our past. It does take some time to create the “movie”, but the final result is always worth it!