I am always fascinated with how families celebrate holidays and what traditions they have created.
Do they attend Holy Week services? Do they go to Passover services? Do they go to egg hunts? Do they cook up a storm? Do they create elaborate Easter baskets and buy fancy Easter outfits? Do they just enjoy the spring weather with their families?
One of our neighbors is Jewish and I am dying to know all about her Passover traditions but I don’t want to be nosy asking. I know she loves to cook so I would love to know what she’s up to for Passover.
When we were little we would wake up and hunt for dyed boiled eggs around the house. We would then open all the items in our baskets and then get ready for church. We would go to church on Easter morning in our fancy little Easter outfits and then come home for ham lunch with my grandparents.
(Let’s review that my mother would hide those real dyed hard boiled eggs overnight and then we would eat on them for days. It’s a miracle we didn’t have food poisoning.)
As we got older we would go to the Saturday night Mass where converting Catholics would take Communion and join the church. It was always a long Mass but a meaningful one.
In the past few years, we would attend egg hunts with our kids at church and go to several services during the week. And of course Easter day was spent at church and with family.
Living in a new town with no relatives, we have a fairly clean slate for holidays this year. We haven’t quite figured out what our traditions for the holidays will be here. It’s very different not having any family in town. Also it’s weird with no azaleas or dogwoods blooming. (The local grocery store has cut daffodils. You definitely won’t see them in lawns here.)
We don’t feel as connected to our church and haven’t attended as many special services as we would have in Atlanta. We’re still trying to figure out what our family holiday traditions will be here.
Tell me about your traditions. If you are Jewsish please tell me how Passover week runs. What services are offered at the temple and what days are you serving food and celebrating. I want to know more about Passover traditions. If you’re an Easter family, tell us which egg hunts you like and what you do about Easter morning services? Also tell us how elaborate your baskets are?
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