Y’all, I have had too many Cadbury eggs, and too much haroset, and if you can believe it, a little too much of this holiday in general. Let me explain: every year, my family mashes together Easter with the Jewish holiday of Passover.
As a consequence, we end up having an Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning, followed by a Messianic Seder, which is like a Jewish Seder, but with much less wine (although we had some this year!) and delicious kosher foods and a lot more New Testament Bible verses. Every year, I have mixed feelings about this mash-up we do. Yes, evangelical Christians believe that the New Testament is a fulfillment of the Old Testament, thus making holidays like Passover a perfectly rational thing for an evangelical Christian to observe. But, for one thing, no one in my family is Jewish, by blood or otherwise, and I feel a little like we’re dressing up in another person’s clothing and toying with exoticism. And for another, my mother makes a big fuss about having only the men do the reading and praying, with a great deal of talk about women being under the authority of men. So, as you can see, this is a holiday in which I spend a good bit of my energy pushing down feelings and thoughts and replacing them with chocolate and haroset, which in this humble gentile’s opinion, is better than any chocolate egg.
Did you celebrate Easter last weekend? I find that even the non-religious can get behind a holiday that basically encourages gorging on chocolate! If you didn’t celebrate, tell us what you DID do while the rest of us were squirming awkwardly in our seats, waiting for the food.
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