What are your family traditions for Passover or Easter?

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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Photius

April 21st, 2011
12:30 pm

If you’re a good Catholic that it does not matter where you live, you should attend Church during Lent and especially Holy Week. Church is more than friendship, socializing and a fashion show. I don’t understand how if you’re Catholic and in a new city how you would not be “connected” – you are connected, via the Sacraments and the Holy Catholic Church worldwide. I see a Confessional statement all throughout this posting…. Receive Absolution, you’ll feel better!

Enemas for Easter

April 21st, 2011
12:38 pm

Enemas of course.

JJ

April 21st, 2011
12:41 pm

No traditions here…we aren’t religious so it’s just another Sunday to us. I did send my Mom and nice card.

However, when my daughter and nieces were little, we always gathered with the extended families and had an easter egg hunt for the kids. We used plastic eggs, and filled them with candy. Each child had their own special egg with their name on it, that contained money. If one child found an egg with someone else’s name on it, they were told to put it back and keep quiet about it’s location. It was fun watching all the little pecks run and hunt for eggs. The squeals that came from finding their own special egg was priceless.

I also used to do an easter basket for my daughter. She would set it outside her room the night before, and the Easter Bunny would come and fill it up. Very little candy, always a chocolate bunny (usually for me, she didn’t like them), a few toys, hair bobbles, etc. We are not big on candy……Last year I sent her an “easter box”. I lined it with grass and threw in some goodies and some money, and sent it to her at school…..

Enemas for Easter

April 21st, 2011
12:42 pm

I do find it completely absurd that we celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ by telling outr children a giant bunny rabbit hid chocolate eggs in the night.

Why these two?If you’re going to make stuff up, go hog wild……Why not a goldfish put a Lincoln Log in your sock drawer? The miraculous connotation alone makes more sense…..

“Mommy a goldfish put a Lincoln Log in my sock Drawer”

“That’s the story of Jesus”

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 21st, 2011
12:45 pm

phoitus — there are some churches that you just feel more connected to. We loved our church in NYC. We loved St. John Neuman in Lilburn — the best church. This church is very, very large. We haven’t met many families. they do not go our their way to make you feel welcome and a part of the church. SJN really did that even though it was a large church. We are attending church and religious ed but we’re not going out of our way to do extra stuff because I’m just not feeling it yet. I am hoping that this next year will be easier and we will feel more connected to the community in general.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 21st, 2011
12:46 pm

Folks even if you’re not following me on twitter you can click on links to the right of this page – I am sending out good stuff on recipes, health stuff, travel stuff. Very useful stuff for moms — don’t be intimidated by the twitter — just look at it as recommendations for good and useful articles.

Enemas for Easter

April 21st, 2011
12:47 pm

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 21st, 2011
12:54 pm

iRun

April 21st, 2011
12:56 pm

Where did you move to, Theresa?

iRun

April 21st, 2011
1:03 pm

OK, so I grew up Catholic in south Louisiana. We’d always go to the vigil Mass on Saturday because Sunday was such a big family party.

Being from south Louisiana we’d have a huge crawfish boil + chicken BBQ. Both sets of grandparents (now dead) and lots of aunts/uncles/cousins would come. Neighbors would come. And we’d eat ALL DAY.

We generally didn’t do any egg hunts. My parents would buy us (I’m one of 5 children) a gift and we’d have an Easter basket full of candy. I always knew there was no Easter Bunny. It’s strange…my parents perpetuated the Santa myth but when it came to Easter they were all like “What does a bunny have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?”. So, we’d help assemble the candy baskets on Saturday but weren’t allowed to eat any of it until Sunday. And the folks would give us a gift on Sunday morning, kind of like Christmas.

Nowadays I’m not Catholic, or even really believe in God. Neither does my husband or my son. So, we don’t really observe Easter unless we get invited to someone’s party. We have friends in Decatur where one parent is Jewish and the other Catholic so they do some sort of weird Passover+Easter party.

BShepC

April 21st, 2011
1:05 pm

Ahhh…I didn’t know you used to attend St.John Neuman…my husband grew up going to church there. His parents still talk about how much they loved it (they live out of state now). They are very active in the church, always have been.

Denise

April 21st, 2011
1:33 pm

I can’t remember where this was, but I heard on the radio this morning but a school, in an effort to be politically correct, decided they couldn’t refer to Easter since it’s a Christian holiday so they called Easter Eggs “Spring Spheres”. WTH? Ridiculous. Also…are eggs spherical? Negative.

abc

April 21st, 2011
1:35 pm

I’m Christian, but disinclined to ‘attend’ worship on a schedule. Worship and honor of God is 24×7, not just for scheduled corporate activity. Churches have a primary interest of self preservation that doesn’t sit that well with me, and church seems to naturally give way to self-righteousness. In short, I’m fine with God, it’s Christians I can’t stand!

That’s supposed to be a joke, but it’s not so much, really.

Kids now grown, no Easter egg hunts. I haven’t made an Easter basket in over a decade.

JOD

April 21st, 2011
1:38 pm

We’ll be going to an early mass, then heading to my parents for an egg hunt (plastic eggs + candy). We always do a ham and visit while we cook, then have a champagne toast.

When I was little, we went to my grandmother’s and met up with the rest of the family for a big egg hunt. There were several of the monster L’egg eggs – that was what you wanted to find! I wish I could get a hold of some of those :)

@iRun – Oh how I LOVE crawfish boil! Never had the guts to try one myself, but I can throw them down!

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

April 21st, 2011
1:48 pm

I just looked up Michael’s bio…did you guys move to Phoenix????

RJ

April 21st, 2011
2:09 pm

The Easter Bunny was considered to be the symbol of new life. The eggs symbolize rebirth.

In my church we say, “Happy Resurrection Day!”. This is the holiest of holidays for Christians. Going to egg hunts and paintings eggs are fine, but just as Christmas has been over-commercialized, so has Resurrection Day. We celebrate the rising of Christ.

I no longer buy suits and dresses for the kids, but we will have a speical family dinner. I’m planning the menu now. We will go to church Sunday morning and the annual children’s program in the afternoon. I adore hearing the kid’s speeches. They are just too cute!

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Photius

April 21st, 2011
2:27 pm

Tiger:

Theresa and her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona last summer….

She did not reveal this information to her blog…. She tried to conceal it…

Naturally, someone found out and mentioned it…..

Theresa has very lightly hit on the subject of moving across the nation or living in Phoenix.

She and her family live in Phoenix today.

Becky

April 21st, 2011
2:34 pm

No tradition that has to be followed to a T..We go to church in the morning, egg hunt and dinner with family later..The kids are old enough to dress up if they want to…

DB

April 21st, 2011
2:41 pm

@Photius: Get over it, already. She had a good reason for not mentioning it on the blog at the time — we are not her confidants, we are her blog readers. She was under no obligation to ‘reveal’ anything.

On topic: Easter was always new clothes and new dress shoes, church and then big dinner, either with relatives in town, or at home. Egg hunt, certainly — when they were small, we would dye the eggs, but later, they were just as happy having plastic eggs that we would hide coins in (nickels and dimes). As they got older, we would go to the sunrise service at our church — *very* big service, starts out in candlelight in the dark church, and then the stained glass windows catch the rising sun about 1/3 of the way through the service. Beautiful!

We went a little overboard with Easter baskets when the kids were small. Each year, they would get a new beach towel with the favored character of that year (i.e., 101 Dalmatians, Power Rangers, etc.) and a small toy or two (small as in like a small puzzle, colored chalk for the driveway, bubbles, etc.) As they got older, I’d put in a DVD or a video game and some candy. Now that they are in college, they get a little basket of their favorite candies.

JATL

April 21st, 2011
3:02 pm

I’ve always enjoyed Easter week and Easter as a time of freshness. I grew up going to a Baptist church, so we always did egg hunts, new Easter outfits, church on Sunday and then the ham dinner with relatives. Often we went to South Georgia to see my grandparents and have Easter there. I’m really enjoying being the bunny, dying eggs and doing egg hunts with my little ones. I still love getting everyone new Easter outfits and dressing the boys up on Easter Sunday. We are not so religious and attend a Unitarian Universalist church, but we’ll get up, do the bunny baskets, go to church and then they’re having a big egg hunt afterward. My MIL and father come over for dinner that afternoon. The day before we’re attending a family reunion and having an egg hunt for the kids. I like the personal egg hunts or smaller neighborhood hunts. The big, public ones are insanely crowded and too structured. We tried Callenwolde last year, and it was okay, but too crowded and frantic to ever want to go back.

Denise

April 21st, 2011
3:14 pm

Theresa, my post disappeared. :-(

JJ

April 21st, 2011
3:38 pm

Forget it Denise….she won’t reply…..she’ll say she’s looking for it, but that’s about it….trust me!!!

Try sending her an email. hahahahahahahaha

Enemas for Easter

April 21st, 2011
3:53 pm

Easter was a Pagan holiday that like Christmas, was hijacked by the Christians……And then Macy’s and Hallmark.

JJ

April 21st, 2011
3:55 pm

E for E – you are correct. It was a Pagan celebration of the seasons changing.

Enemas for Easter

April 21st, 2011
4:17 pm

Vernal Equinox

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

April 21st, 2011
4:24 pm

OMG….Phoenix is hotter than two rats screwing in a sock come May through September! I used to live in Flagstaff and wouldn’t head south any time from Easter to Labor Day!

Hey TWG…welcome to the SOUTHWEST!!!! Head up to Flagstaff as often as possible as summer comes round! And CO too…Durango is a do-able drive from there! And just remember….it’s a DRY HEAT!!!

Techmom

April 21st, 2011
4:43 pm

My son turns 16 on Sunday so we’re having a family celebration as well as a religious one. He still gets an Easter basket; only now he tells me exactly candy he wants. I try not to go too overboard but I’ll be putting a few extras in his basket this year since it is his birthday (like an iTunes gift card). We’ll head to church on Sunday and then come home to enjoy the day and prepare a big dinner. My husband is going to smoke a turkey (he got a smoker for Christmas and wants to try a turkey).

Oh and even though we don’t hunt eggs, we still color them. We’ll use them for deviled eggs (so appropriate for a Christian holiday- LOL) and egg salad sandwiches later in the week. Our friends have two younger sons who are like little brothers to my son so we’ll invite them over to help color. The past couple of years, my son has gone over to their house to help hide their eggs… the best part for him is when he has to help them find certain ones b/c he’s hidden them so well.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 21st, 2011
4:52 pm

Denise — I pulled it up — JJ I will look now.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 21st, 2011
5:02 pm

JJ I have forwarded to you Jeff’s stuff and to him your stuff — that is probably the first time in six months that I have been able to open that email account on my big computer. It never opens. it always tells me I’m doing the password wrong but the password works on my phone. so it’s very frustrating. I also get so much crap in that email account from pr people that it’s hard to find the reader’s notes — I have 8000 emails in there. It’s overwhelming!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 21st, 2011
5:09 pm

Tiger — only we could move to a place hotter than Atlanta. I have never felt heat like this place in my entire life — not even in Savannah! Dry heat my a@@. It is humid here during their monsoon months. Dry heat ha! So far not super thrilled here but hey you got to have a job. We didn’t announce it in the paper because my house has been unoccupied. I didn’t want to be vandalized. I had people threaten to come to my house while I lived in Atlanta much less announcing my house was unoccupied. My facebook page has said where I lived the entire time. Not much of a cover up.

Tiger you are right on Flagstaff. it is very nice and such a relief to get out of heat. We also visited Santa Fe and it was fantastic too. We like to travel around the Southwest but PXH is still growing on me.

Was at the dentist the other day and Georgia on My Mind came on the radio and I started crying in the dental chair. has not been a great transition for any of us.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

April 21st, 2011
5:18 pm

Well if you ever need any Northern AZ advice let me know…I’m a two time graduate of NAU! Bartended my way through school there…know all the great restaurants and places the Zagat’s rags won’t tell you about. I’ll never forget the things I can remember.

Stay at Little America next time you need some relief…the rooms look like the 70’s vomited in them, but the property is pretty cool. Go to Horsemen’s Lodge, great steakhouse on the western outskirts of town. And for lunch, never miss a little burrito place named “the black bean”. I would have stayed there forever if there had been a job market and affordable housing!

I can see how that would be a tough transition…..unless there is a giant row of casinos and strip joints running down the main drag, I just can’t see why anyone would put a couple million people in the middle of a desert!

RJ

April 21st, 2011
5:25 pm

@enemas, you failed to explain the why in your statement. Christians were trying to convert Pagans. I doubt that the holiday was hijacked though. I’m surea pagans today still celebrate the chang of the seasons.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

April 21st, 2011
5:28 pm

Hey TWG…one other thing to look on the brightside about in AZ….NO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!

you go through a couple of years without it and once you move to a place with it and you’re gonna hate it!!!

motherjanegoose

April 21st, 2011
5:30 pm

TWG…now, will you let me know if you ever get a chance to go the the resort I mentioned in Phoenix. I sent that info to your e-mail account. We used to go every summer, when the kids were small. Yes, it was 110 degrees plus but we loved it. BTW try to eat at Oregano’s…they have great Italian food and the portions are huge.

Back on topic…I never grew up dyeing ( sp?) Easter eggs. My Mom was not into that kind of thing.
I did it the first time as a teacher and boy did that make a mess with the kids. Live and learn.
In Texas, we used cascarones and those were fun too.

When mine were small, I used to get one large L’eggs egg…remember those…and put a dollar in it. It was the prize egg. We hunted eggs every year and when we lived in Texas, all Kinders came to my house for a cook out and egg hunt in the back yard. Parents were invited too. I remember my son being in a stroller and watching all the festivities. Great memories.

We go to church, as we usually do, and spend the day with our kids and my sister. We have never lived near family. We had some dear neighbors in Texas and some years we would often fly back to visit them over Easter. We still owned our house there. She was in her mid 70’s but always put out a big spread and Easter Egg hunt for our son and then daughter. A dear lady who meant the world to me when I was a new bride and then mom but FAR away from any family.

Now, we typically go out to a nice Easter Brunch but I am not paying what they are asking this year: $35 to $58 per person…YIKES. So, we are eating here for the first time in a dozen years.
I still have a few surprises for my kids and sister too.

I love the flowers in Ga during the spring. It has been so pleasant taking walks in our neighborhood and catching up with neighbors. I have had a busy week with lots of new Kinders and feel blessed to be able to do what I enjoy.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

April 21st, 2011
5:38 pm

what resort did you mention in PHX, MJG?

BlondeHoney

April 21st, 2011
6:47 pm

omg, Tiger, you are SO SO RIGHT about daylight saving’s time…i LOATHE it and always have so I might have to move to AZ myself at some point to get relief

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

April 21st, 2011
6:52 pm

@Blondehoney…..Hawaii doesn’t do DST either….I’m sure TWG would back me on this one…..pick Hawaii!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 21st, 2011
6:54 pm

MJG — we have been anywhere but i will look back up all the info and check it out online. Thanks for sending.

I hate that we don’t have daylight savings time because now I’m basically on Pacific Time and I hate being that far behind ATL. two hours is manageable — three hours sucks!

tiger — michael is traveling all over the state and we get to go with him some. we love seeing new places. Lilina says Flagstaff has Ga. trees — ie pine trees. she definitely knows the difference.

we think Rose has developed asthma from moving here because the climate is so different — so another crappy thing. We are dealing with that now.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 21st, 2011
7:04 pm

go to Hawaii!

djm_NC

April 21st, 2011
10:25 pm

id choose hawaii for sure lol…

we always did the easter dresses…church…egg hunts…family dinner etc…now i go to church-thats about it. i have grown to dislike the commercialism so much that i rarely do the easter stuff or the christmas stuff…..my kids would dye eggs anytime of the year and hide them. easter is my favorite christian celebration and the last few years i have tried to keep it as that…a christian celebration…thanksgiving is my favorite secular holiday….now that i have a new GREAT job i will actually get to celebrate holidays that i love. its been years since i could, working in the tourist industry and then wall-hell….now i have bankers hours and holidays and IT ROCKS!!!

motherjanegoose

April 22nd, 2011
6:44 am

djm_NC…is this you deidre? I am confused. E-mail me about your new job.

JJ

April 22nd, 2011
7:55 am

TWG – Thank you!!!

Renee

April 22nd, 2011
7:57 am

Hi Theresa,

I love traditions! Palm Sunday caught me this year still having no real Easter traditions to speak of. When I was a child I think we had new clothes, we always had Easter baskets and probably did Easter egg hunts. With my children we have sometimes had Easter baskets, always had Easter egg hunts around the house – sometimes at community churches and gone to Easter service. But in the last few years, I have been looking for more meaning out of Easter. It seems like Easter should be the greatest Christian holiday of the year, but for us anyway, it is a one day event. Plus, I don’t like all the commercialism. We can do Easter egg hunts and baskets till candy is falling out our years and never think of Jesus once.

I spent about 24 hours on Palm Sunday fervently researching Holy Week in order to make a week of traditions for our family, beginning this year. See, we are Baptist, so the traditional church calendar and church seasons surrounding holy days is foreign to me, though it appeals. By the end of Sunday I had ammassed a whole lot of paper and managed to squeeze in making palm crosses, which I don’t think any of us have looked at since, before bedtime.

That night, I realized, I was doing what the Pharisees were doing – looking for the right way, the rules, for “doing” a holiday. When all was said and done, I would end up with a lot of self-satisfaction and very little in my heart. So, I scrapped what I was doing. It is a valuable project in itself, but not where my heart was. It is something I intend to work on over the next year, slowly, and not at the expense of time with my family, searching out the true meaning of the cross for myself – and then we shall see how next year goes.

Well, you probably did not want another blog as a response to your blog :), but I really do understand the desire for traditions and so here are some that are settling in this week as I take in ideas, but do not obsess. :)

Because we are Baptist and I’ve not found a Baptist church that does Holy Week services other than Sunday, we will attend my sisters Angican church the week before Easter. I want to attend a church on Palm Sunday that does something beautiful with palm leaf imagery – and THEN make palm crosses with my children, when it will hold more meaning. Mon – Wed are traditionally Spring cleaning days, after the Jewish custom of cleaning before Passover. This Wednesday my sister’s church did an instructional Christian Seder and it was lovely!! Especially as the instructor showed how the symbolism of Passover foretells incidents about Jesus. I definitely want to make this a tradition from now on, in our home, and invite family or friends.

I want to attend a Maundy Thursday service where the drape the altar in black and douse lights and leave in silence. So symbolic! We were too tired last night to go, but we can still drape our cross wall in black (don’t have an altar). Today from 12 – 3 (traditionally Jesus died at 3), I am going to pull all the blinds in the house (to be in darkness as the world was), maybe not turn on any lights for those hours, watch the Passion (my children are a bit older). Watching the Jesus movie is an alternative for younger children. And whatever time is leftover, have quiet time of reflection. I’m not sure how to transition into the rest of the day yet. I belive this is a good day to “do the stations of the cross” either at church or at home.

Saturday is traditionally a quiet, somber time, yet full of preparation for the joy of Easter Sunday. So, lots of last minute cleaning, cooking, preparing etc. A Sunday morning sunrise service would be wonderful, but I don’t know if I could get my family to go along with that. Making Tomb cookies Saturday night and eating them Sunday morning is great. Making an overnight breakfast casserole so you don’t have to cook is great, or just going to an 11:00 service so we can have a lovely Easter breakfast. After service, we will have sandwiches and finger food, have friends and cousins (if they can come – probably can’t) over for lunch and Easter egg hunt and games and visiting and have a 5:00 dinner. I’ll have been home all afternoon to prepare a lovely dinner (rather than trying to make one after I get home from church and everyone is starving.)

Oh, and we bought brand new Easter outfits last Sunday which the girls had to wait for Easter Sunday to wear. That’s all I have so far. But, I am on a mission to make Easter bigger than Christmas in my family. (Probably not possible.)

Enemas for Good Friday

April 22nd, 2011
8:45 am

It’s typical Christian to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ by telling our children a giant bunny rabbit hid chocolate eggs in the night.

You guys are great with the fantasy and myth……A talking snake? really?

JATL

April 22nd, 2011
8:45 am

@Renee -keep looking. I grew up in a Baptist church and we observed all of Holy Week. Palm Sunday with a choral procession carrying palm fronds, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday were all observed, so there are Baptist churches out there who do that. I would look at some of the larger metro-area congregations.

Enemas for Good Friday

April 22nd, 2011
9:18 am

You misspelled Monday.

Kate

April 22nd, 2011
10:12 am

@ Enemas, and anyone else who’s made the same asinine comment on this blog, you are far from accurate in your assertion that Jesus is a myth. If you choose not to believe that he was divine, that’s your choice, but there is a considerable amount of legitimate evidence to support that Jesus did exist. Although the evidence is not irrefutable (when your discussing ancient history it almost never is), there’s no more reason to refer to Jesus as a myth than there is Cleopatra or Julius Caesar. Anyone who makes even a cursory attempt at unbiased research can easily come to the perfectly rational conclusion that Jesus has earned the right to be called a historical figure. Even to refer to Jesus’ divinity as myth is inaccurate since there is also evidence in the form of eye-witness accounts by his contemporaries, and certainly the beliefs of his followers to this day, to support the idea. You have every right to state that you simply do not believe in his divinity, but that still does not relegate the concept to a myth.

If Jesus wasn’t divine, he was certainly unique. Jesus offered the world a wealth of wisdom that has value regardless of whether or not you believe in his divinity. A more open-minded individual would be able to see this, and perhaps find a better use of their time than showing up on mommy blogs making offensive, insensitive remarks regarding the faith of others.

JJ

April 22nd, 2011
10:34 am

I have no doubt in my mind that Jesus was a MORTAL human being, just like the rest of us. What I don’t believe is that he rose from the dead three days later. I find that very difficult to believe. I also find it difficult to believe that he is still alive, as that would make him well over 2,000 years old. IMPOSSIBLE. I also do not believe he was born to a Virgin Mother…..I think the writers of the bible made that up to MAKE Jesus “devine” and IMMORTAL.

Don’t attack me for my beliefs, and I won’t attack you for yours.

usually lurking

April 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

Eat, drink and be merry with extended family, after those family members who are so inclined have attended church services. The “yutes” will get something special in their Easter baskets.

Enemas for Good Friday

April 22nd, 2011
10:49 am

I love the peaceful forgiving Christians…..If I could ever find one.

Trying to remember when I said Jesus was a myth? I think you are just looking for a fight.

abc

April 22nd, 2011
10:49 am

The thing is, the only thing that will bring a person to God is God Himself. There’s nothing that another person can do to facilitate that, all on their own. Thinking that attacking opposing viewpoints contributes to God’s plan is anti-Christian. That churches almost universally do so is another reason I’m not churchy.

RJ

April 22nd, 2011
10:59 am

For the life of me I do not understand why those that aren’t Christian have the need to come on an insult those of us that are. The question was what are your Easter/Passover traditions. It wasn’t whether or not you believe Jesus existed. It wasn’t whether or not you believe in the holiday. I am sure there are blogs for people that have similar beliefs as yourselves. Perhaps that is where you should post your opinion. It would be so much more relevant. I have never attacked anyone for not being Christian. Why must you give us your opinion? Every year you come on here @JJ and insult Christians. We get it, you don’t believe in God. We get it.

JJ

April 22nd, 2011
11:09 am

RJ I never insulted anyone, if you took it as an insult that is you, not me. To each his own right?.

And 9 out of 10 times, we go off topic on this blog..

I am entitled to my opinion.

Enemas for Good Friday

April 22nd, 2011
11:10 am

Ditto…..When did I insult anyone. On the contrary, I’ve insulted numerous times.

shaggy

April 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

RJ,

Funny, I know JJ posts here plenty. You, I don’t seem to remember at all.
JJ did not insult anyone. She just let her own beliefs be known. You are the one that took offense to that belief.

Cobb Woman of Color

April 22nd, 2011
11:58 am

My mother is Christian. My father is Jewish. With my children, I combine traditions.

Tad Jackson

April 22nd, 2011
12:42 pm

Eat an enormous amount of fried chicken, while the grease runs down our arms, and laugh at each other’s goofy stories of our recent doings.

http://www.adixiediary.com

RJ

April 22nd, 2011
1:30 pm

@Shaggy, it matters not that you don’t remember me. I’ve been posting on this blog for years. Every year JJ feels the need to let us know how she isn’t a Christian. I have absolutely no problem with that. But to repeatedly tell us what she “thinks” about Christian belief can be offensive and is inappropriate. Just as she and you have a right to voice your OPINIONS, so do I. As my husband always says, “An opinion is like an…” well you know the rest:)!

With that I’m out! Peace and blessings to all! Happy Resurrection Day!

Angela

April 22nd, 2011
1:37 pm

JJ

April 22nd, 2011
1:43 pm

@RJ – Have a nice weekend. Celebrate and enjoy. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Enemas for Good Friday

April 22nd, 2011
3:05 pm

Passover? I thought it was Passout….What am I going to do with all this liquor?

Enemas for Good Friday

April 22nd, 2011
3:45 pm

RJ, if you are a true Christian, you will be forgiving of JJ’s rhetoric.

tracey

April 22nd, 2011
4:19 pm

we go to church, if i don’t have to work. i’m a nurse, so every couple of years i have to work. this year i do, but i’ll be done around 11. i will probably go to the vigil mass tomorrow night. i’ll cook a nice dinner, but that will be it. i never did the easter bunny with my kids. they got new clothes and some candy when they were little. we would get them dressed up and take pictures. now i just buy some jelly beans and peeps and that’s it.

Becky

April 22nd, 2011
4:59 pm

Whatever you do for this weekend, I hope that everyone has a good one and a safe one..”Talk” to y’all on Monday..

Enemas for Good Friday

April 22nd, 2011
5:06 pm

I’m going to torture my liver.

HB

April 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

RJ, as I recall, you shared a bit about your beliefs recently and how it influenced the way you raise your children. Were you doing that to offend non-Christians? If non-Christians are offended, should you be expected not to mention your beliefs? If not, then what’s wrong with JJ stating her beliefs?

Denise

April 22nd, 2011
5:37 pm

Post still hasn’t shown up but here it is again:

Yesterday I heard on the radio of a school (not sure where) that in order to be politically correct and not to refer to the holiday, instead of saying Easter eggs, they were calling them Spring Spheres. WTF? Come on man! Even non-Christians have to say that is ridiculous, right? If for no other reason than the fact eggs are not spheres.

catlady

April 22nd, 2011
5:46 pm

Growing up, the bunny would bring eggs and candy and hide them in little nests around the corners of the interior of the house. We would also dye eggs and he would hide them also. The bunny did the same thing when my children were little.

I also dyed hundreds of eggs with my kids at school until a few years ago, when it became “fluff.”

My younger daughter still loves hunting eggs.

Now I get to watch my granddaughter hunt. My grandsons are too small yet.

When my son was about 8, he asked me, “There is no such thing as Santa Claus, is there?” and I replied, “No, not as you have been thinking of him.” He thought for a few long long moments, then asked, “Does this have an effect on the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny?”

catlady

April 22nd, 2011
5:49 pm

We also went to church each week, and went to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. I’ve been to one sunrise service; I decided I could better appreciate the Resurrection a little later in the day.

newblogger

April 22nd, 2011
6:37 pm

In my humble opinion, I don’t see how one can look at a sunset, a tree, a flower, or a child for that matter and not believe there is a God at work here. But again, just my opinion and I do not harbor any ill feelings at those that don’t believe. I just don’t understand, but that’s o.k. too. Live and let live! I am looking forward to my parents coming for a visit, going to church (not just an Easter thing) and being with both of my boys at the same time. We’ll probably dye eggs, but it may be the last year as my youngest is 10 and thinks it’s kind of lame (but not too lame yet). I’ll do Easter baskets because…well, just because.

Eating Boogers For The Protein

April 22nd, 2011
7:09 pm

catlady, you misspelled Monday

Enemas for Good Friday

April 22nd, 2011
7:13 pm

@Newblogger

I can’t help but look at the horrific things that happen and believe there is a good god. I can’t beleive that ONE man built a boat big enough to hold two of each species……Let along gather each of those species. I can’t believe in a talking snake, or a man that lived in a whale and survived. I can’t believe so many people are as gullible as you…….Just saying.

newblogger

April 22nd, 2011
8:07 pm

@E-There’s one in every crowd and you qualify as it. The village is most definitely missing its idiot. Those were my opinions and you are entitled to yours. You don’t have to believe it, no one is forcing you to. But those of you who don’t, try really hard to convince those of us who do. Who are you really trying to convince….Just saying. Oh, and you misspelled “believe”.

motherjanegoose

April 22nd, 2011
9:22 pm

@ eating….Maundy is not the same as Monday….just an fyi

Enemas for Good Friday

April 22nd, 2011
10:15 pm

So forgive me.

Ona

April 23rd, 2011
9:39 am

I find it funny that things of the heart aren’t a priority. A church is, outfits are….. I have went and attended many different churches/religion I find it funny how you can have leaders who smoke drink and do unbibical things lead you…….. I find that alot of religion does not deal with matters of the heart. To be true to yourself as well as others. Claiming to believe in Christ’s death and resurection is not all there is to be a child of God. There are teachings, baptism and I have been to alot of churches who claim this. Paganism is a matter of the heart. Do you believe in your heart that Easter is about Bunny’s and eggs do you teach that to your children. Is Christmas being taught about Santa Claus or Jesus Christ. All matters of your heart. As long as you know and teach correctly and priorities are first and you know your heart is in the right place doing the right things. I see Jehovah witnesses and seven day adventist wear jeans and put jewelry on and make-up. But what does that have to do with your heart? Priest smoke and drink, before service and after…..But if you don’t believe and do what is right how can you call yourselves christian’s. I am a disciple of God, a follower. Lover of all man kind even in those who do not believe. It is an empty place to be with no hope or faith. It isn’t what you wear or where you go and even what you do in terms to holiday or events but where is your heart at? The bible was spirtually based no man would teach love peace kindness hope faith on their own free will. So I will continue to pray for all those who doesn’t know their calling to be a son/daughter of God!!!!! To help save the lost!!!!To be the best you can be so you are an Example and not just a speech giver…… I find alot of people who claim christianity but doesn’t walk in it……They are more worried about bunnies and santa claus and jeans, jewelry, things that just aren’t important……We are at war with our selves and we don’t even know it!!!!Their is a force of evil who wants to control us, and does until we pick up our cross and follow Jesus!!!!!

djm_NC

April 23rd, 2011
10:19 am

to all who keep saying ‘MONDAY’ is misspelled:

Maundy thursday is:
The Thursday before Easter, observed in commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus. Also called Holy Thursday

djm_NC

April 23rd, 2011
10:21 am

@MJG-i sent you an email :)

health power

April 23rd, 2011
10:30 am

Thoughts for Easter in Making Dinner Together a Year-Round Tradition
(www.healthpowerforminorities.com http://www.healthpowerforminorities.com/blog/index.php )

There is no better time than Easter Dinner to follow tradition by enjoying a family meal together. These are moments when families:

· Connect with one another
· Relax, and have fun while creating and recreating memories.
The benefits for children are even greater, allowing them an opportunity to:
· Eat healthier meals,
· Learn to share and work together (especially in designing those Easter eggs),
· Naturally improve their communication skills, and
· Develop overall feelings of well-being. Hopefully this also leads parents to make a greater effort to prepare healthier meals.
It’s Not Just at Easter that Family Meals Count:
According to a 10-year study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, children who eat dinner with their parents are 40% more likely to achieve higher grades than those who eat less frequently with their parents. Eating meals together on a regular basis is an important part of the day, and making it a priority is a rewarding experience for everyone. Avoiding activities like watching television and working or playing on the computer at meal time helps in developing a regular family meal time. According to Dr. Barbara Fiese, a psychologist and researcher at Syracuse University, “Most meal times only last about 20 minutes. Therefore, having three or four shared family meals a week adds up to one to one and one-half hours, which is less time than a televised sports event or movie.” By involving the family in planning the meal, and occasionally letting the children help prepare dinner makes those meals special.
Our Invitation to you:
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Purple Drank

April 23rd, 2011
1:01 pm

So there’s a Monday, a Maunday, a Thursday and a Maunday Thursday? I think you got ripped off on your calender.

DB

April 23rd, 2011
11:05 pm

I think one of the most interesting Easter-related services I attended was a Friday service that had a procession through the Stations of the Cross (I’m Episcopal). I didn’t really clue into the fact that it was a “Good Friday” service, and wore a bright dress — felt a little awkward when I realized everyone else was wearing black or somber clothes. Duh . . . ! For me, it was a powerful re-telling of the Easter story in a different way. I’ve never had a chance to participate in another one, with family and work demands — but I always think about it on Good Friday.

Maundy Thursday was actually the day of my confirmation, so I always remember it. FYI for those of a curious frame of mind: The word “Maundy” comes from the beginning of a Latin phrase in which Jesus tells the disciples, in which he tells them to love one another as he loves them, and proceeded to wash each disciple’s feet. That’s why so many churches include a ceremonial foot-washing on Thursdays, to illustrate humility and love for others. In the Episcopal church, this is also the time that the altar (or the “table”, if you will) is stripped bare for the Good Friday and Holy Saturday observances.

Personally, I enjoy the historical significance that forms the basis of the rituals — I know others find them fussy, but I find beauty in the active remembrance.

IG2BAFG

April 24th, 2011
8:48 am

I don’t condone graverobbing so I don’t celebrate Easter.

Leida

April 24th, 2011
9:51 am

We are a Latino family, I grew up in Ecuador, this is how the Passover begings:
We have a carnaval for 5days, beginning friday afternoon, saturday, sunday, monday and tuesday. On Ash wednesday we don’t play with the water we go to church and from that day on every friday we do not eat meat, just vegetables or if you can aford seafood we also have the prayers every friday evening. When Holy thursday arrives we go to church for special services, on Holy Friday we fast for breakfast and have “FANESCA” for lunch wich is made with 12 fresh vegetables and dry “Bacalao”(dried salt cod). If you have in laws you can also do the Fanesca on Holy Thursday, so both families shares the special meal. After lunch we go to church for the special service. On Holy Saturday, we call Sabado de Gloria

itpdude

April 24th, 2011
10:04 am

Sunrise services and then home to bake a ham and other goodies, reflect on the day, pray, and more than anything, be thankful for Christ.

And booze. I’ll be asleep by 5 pm until 6 am Monday morning.

It’s not the most formal thing. Me and the wife (we have no kids) did Easter eggs earlier in the week for fun. Those will be made into egg salad and potato salad today.

Really, after the sunrise service, we just hang out, she naps, I bake and drink, and enjoy the day, and I remember the center of my universe is Christ. The wife lovingly goes along with it despite her agnostic tendencies.

Old Sandra

April 24th, 2011
7:07 pm

We don’t really have very many Easter traditions. We are usually here in England for Easter so would normally just give our kids and the neice and nephews here a chocolate egg each. We didn’t this year because we just didn’t have the time as Saturday (April 23) we just flew back from visiting friends and family in ATL/Georgia. It was a good thing that I had picked up some filled eggs before we flew back because we were too tired to get anything for the kids on Saturday and almost everything was closed today. So we used the filled eggs and did a little egg hunt for the kiddos in the back garden. M-I-L was great and put a cook casserole in the fridge for us to re-heat so we didn’t have to cook when we came home. We did buy some Easter treats for our neice and nephews in Georgia before we flew back.

Off topic: I wear a size 10/12 jean here depending if I am having a “fat”/bloated day or not. I went out and bought some jeans while in Georgia and since I was having a “thin” day went for a size 8. Wow are they big! They are well too big even for a “fat”/bloated day. I have to buy a size 6/7 in the US to equal my size 10/12 here in England. What in the he”double hockey sticks” happened to the sizing in the US. When I was 20, I weighed 115lbs, wore a size 4 and if I turned sideways would become invisible. Now at 40, I weigh 135-140lbs, still need to lose a good 5-10 lbs and am a size 6/7???

Old Sandra

April 24th, 2011
7:12 pm

Sorry misspelled niece …… twice. Still suffering from jet lag.

NickiS

April 25th, 2011
3:23 pm

We have an Easter egg hunt water balloon fight. Really. Kids hunt for eggs. Adults throw water balloons at kids. This year was our second annual and it was far too much fun. http://decatur.patch.com/articles/how-water-balloons-saved-civilization

Michael

April 26th, 2011
9:33 am

Passover traditions (since they were requested):

I grew up in suburban New York in the 1960’s. For all the years I was in school there (except one), Passover week was the “spring break” back then. My dad’s side of the family all lived within about 90 minutes of each other, and we’d gather at someone’s home starting a few days early so that my grandmother, my mom, and one of my aunts could start cooking the food for the seders. Grandma (who’s been gone now nearly 20 years) would make the hard-boiled eggs in salt water (I hated that), the gefilte fish, the liver (I hated that) and all the other elements needed for either the seder or the meal from scratch. My mom had one of those old choppers (this was before food processors) and I’d help to make the charoses (apples, nuts, cinnamon and wine). The bitter herbs were always horseradish, which was made from a raw root. My grandmother would run it through something similar to what butchers use to grind up meat into hamburger, except that hers initially was not electric (until she bought one that was).

We would have around 20 or so people at these seders.

One year, my dad’s brother held the seder at his home. His youngest was about 5 years old and his maternal grandfather was leading the seder. When we got to the ransoming of the afikomen, the man offered my cousin a dollar. My cousin said no. When all was said and done, my cousin had asked for the bill with the “two zeros on it,” meaning a $100. He got it.

There was one year one of my other cousins and I found the afikomen and hid it in the borshch (the red beet soup, called ‘borsht’ in English). Now THAT was a RED AFIKOMEN.

These days, as a single man in Atlanta, I am invited to join a seder put on by someone who has invited me in now for the past 4 or 5 years. The food traditions are different (western European v. eastern European), but there is a lot of fun, good fellowship, and a lot of chocolate to go with the foods to which the hostess was brought up with for the seder. Plus, it doesn’t matter – Jewish, not Jewish, white, black, yellow, straight, gay, whatever – for the night, we are a family and we enjoy each other’s company at the seder table. Oh, and this year the attendance was down to 27.