This is the second year we've put on our own Seder meal. This time we got brave and asked some good friends of ours over. Not everybody was able to make it, but we had fun anyway. I bought skull caps for the guys and all the girls wore lace head coverings. We got out all the fine china and crystal and roasted the last of our lamb that we've been saving for the Passover Meal.
We used the "30 minute Seder" Haggadah and that moved things along for the children. Both Josiah and his friend, Jake, looked sharp in their suits and skull caps. They both love to dress up!
My friend, Cora, with Hailey and Hannah, all looked beautiful in their nice clothes and head coverings. The kids were very good through out the ceremony. I think dressing up helps.
When Josiah received his skull cap it came with a tiny book of scriptures from the Torah, written in Hebrew. He figured out how to hang it from his hat. It is tradition to for a male child to bind the scriptures to his forehead. I was proud of him for figuring out a way to have it on his forehead. Now he wants to learn Hebrew so he can read it.
Instead of wine, we used grape juice. Due to several errors that we made while reading the Haggadah, we all ended up with several glasses of grape juice too many. The kids kept having to leave the ceremony to go to the bathroom. That is how much grape juice they drank! It kept them busy though, LOL.
After the ceremony was finished and we had eaten all that was on the Seder plate, we moved on to the Passover Feast. I made a delicious matzo ball soup from the "Passover Cookbook" I recently purchased. The lamb was awesome as usual. I used my garlic and thyme roasted lamb recipe. Josiah made a cabbage, carrot, cucumber salad with a ginger dressing.
This interesting looking dessert was supposed to be a meringue island with strawberry sauce. Twice now, I've tried to make a meringue with sucanat and it just doesn't work. We poached this in boiling water. It looked good at first, but then it sunk down and looked, as Josiah quaintly put it, " like a brown turd". I just smothered it with this delicious strawberry sauce and almost everyone ate it without any problems. Just goes to show it is all about the sauce!
We'll try some different recipes each year, some will be keepers, some will not. All the kids loved it and thanked us for doing it. I think having them help with the meal and the table setting really helped them feel invested in the Seder ceremony and feast. It is a wonderful way to instill God's word in them and give them an appreciation for Jewish culture. Of course as Christians, we easily can find elements of Jesus throughout the ceremony. Can't wait for next year!