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« on: April 20, 2014, 08:16:08 pm »

Kind of surprises me.  Huh?

Anyway, I was thinking about this today because my dad and I had our own Easter dinner today, no feasting with the cousins as for various reasons it wasn't convenient today. We had ham, which my dad cleverly put in his slow-cooker before we left for early church, so by noon it was ready to eat. We had baked potatoes and mixed vegetables and bread-and-butter, and two desserts, strawberries in milk, and cookies.

Ham is the traditional Easter dinner where I come from. It's not just my family; it seems to be a common Pennsylvania German tradition. Today I got to wondering whether the ancestors developed that tradition in the New World or brought it with them from the Fatherland. And why ham? I'm aware that some people have lamb, and in its own way, lamb makes more sense to me than ham. If there is a practical reason for ham, rather than lamb, it's escaping me now.

I'm wondering, too, if there isn't possibly a darker reason for ham. Easter frequently occurs about the same time as Passover, and eating pig meat in Passover season would certainly separate one from the Jews.  Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2014, 08:42:04 pm »

The reason is because this forum (The Holiday Forum) was typically archived in January and then brought out again in November. But recently it's been available year-round. You're welcome to start a thread and, to quote the jolly pastor, "If you don't, I will!"
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2014, 10:18:54 pm »

You're welcome to start a thread and, to quote the jolly pastor, "If you don't, I will!"

Uh, well, I think I just did. ...
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2014, 03:26:35 am »

Uh, well, I think I just did. ...


Yes, you did, and it's a good idea!

Since it's Easter Monday and thus a public holiday over here, Easter is not over yet. And Passover is also still on. So:

Happy Spring Festivities to all BetterMostians!




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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2014, 03:37:29 am »

I've never heard about ham being traditional on Easter, Jeff. Which of course doesn't mean that it's not typical in other parts of Germany.
To be honest, there is no typical Easter-dish that I know of. Maybe lamb-roast or roast hare would count as such. In general, a roast of any kind of meat is often made on Easter.
Culinary-wise more traditional is Good Friday. On Good Friday you eat fish, period.
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2014, 03:54:11 am »

Another custom came to my mind: on Gründonnerstag (Holy Thursday; literally: Green Thursday) it's traditional to eat spinach, eggs sunny-side-up and potatoes. We always did this at my parents', but my family doesn't keep this tradition.
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2014, 08:31:33 am »

Good Friday we have salmon. That is a tradition in my moms family and I keep that going. Potatoes, a gravy with lemon and a gravy with chopped eggs, salad and white wine. yummy!  Tongue

Saturday it's eggs, salmon, lamb, more like a small smorgasbord,(buffé). And candy......lots and lots of candy!!  Grin

Sunday we had tacos - because my daughter wanted!  Cool And candy.....

Today, also a holiday in Sweden - it's tortellini. Because it's good!  Roll Eyes And candy....

Tomorrow, leftover's....and NO MORE CANDY!!  laugh laugh laugh

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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2014, 08:42:31 am »

If you google "Why do we eat ham at Easter" you'll find a few different sites that list a few different reasons, but they all state that the main dish to serve at Easter is lamb.

My family are not big lamb eaters.  We had some ham, garlic potatos, corn and then a mix of Italian foods, spaghetti, meatballs, sausage.
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2014, 09:39:14 am »

In Sweden we have a tradition. Not very religious one. But it occurs once a year on Easter Eve. Kids dress up as Easter witches and figures. Walk around the neighbourhood, give away drawings for candy or money in return. I have done this as a kid myself and kids still do it today. Don't ask me why? Or the connection with Jesus, still a mystery to me.








Sometimes the tradition continues to be a big part of your adult life...I must say for me it was a long time ago.



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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2014, 10:28:10 am »



Oh. Even with the make-up, this young fella is cute!  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2014, 10:35:49 am »

I'm not surprised to hear of the fish traditions on Good Friday, because it's supposed to be a fast day (fish = fast). Anglicans (American = Episcopalians) are supposed to keep it as a fast day, too. I've never seen a calendar of fast days in an American Lutheran service book. Perhaps ancient anti-Roman Catholic prejudice has led American Lutherans to make a point of avoiding eating fish on any Friday.  Roll Eyes

Maybe the early Pennsylvania Germans were just too cheap thrifty to kill and eat a spring lamb that could be kept and raised for wool, or sold for cash, to someone else.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2014, 12:01:21 pm »

Oh. Even with the make-up, this young fella is cute!  Cheesy

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« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2014, 12:40:15 pm »

In my Catholic household, back in the 60s and 70s, I recall that Good Friday and Ash Wednesday were "fast" days.  Which meant one meatless meal.  If you were able bodied, you were supposed to actually fast during the day (water was allowed) until dinner.  "Meatless" at my house meant either fish sticks or mac'n'cheese.  My mother wouldn't allow fresh fish in the house.  Ever.

As for Easter dinner, no one liked ham or lamb, so we just had turkey.  Our Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners were all the same. 
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2014, 12:47:26 pm »

I remember the first seder I was invited to, in the 80s.  Definitely a reform service, with very short prayers.  I particularly liked the commentary offered by my hosts to make Passover relevant:  we were asked to think of what we might be "enslaved" by in the present day. 

As for food, I could deal with the parsley and the brisket.  But they had fresh horseradish (the "bitter herbs" or "chazeret") from their garden that was wicked hot!  But, for me, eating a hard-boiled egg was a huge sacrifice.  Lotsa salt!
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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2014, 12:48:51 pm »

As for me now, I prefer celebrating the miracle of Spring with the old Unitarian joke:  "All the tulips have risen today.  Alleluia."
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« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2014, 01:22:14 pm »

In my Catholic household, back in the 60s and 70s, I recall that Good Friday and Ash Wednesday were "fast" days.  Which meant one meatless meal.  If you were able bodied, you were supposed to actually fast during the day (water was allowed) until dinner.  "Meatless" at my house meant either fish sticks or mac'n'cheese.  My mother wouldn't allow fresh fish in the house.  Ever.


Another friend who was raised Roman Catholic once told me that fish sticks and mac 'n' cheese was a classic Catholic Friday dinner.

I'd go along with your mother on the fresh fish. The only way my mother knew how to prepare fresh fish was to fry it, and the smell of frying fish nauseates me to this day.

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As for Easter dinner, no one liked ham or lamb, so we just had turkey.  Our Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners were all the same. 

I don't get it. You've got Irish blood in you and nobody liked ham? I thought love of pig meat was one thing the Irish had in common with the Germans.  Huh?  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2014, 01:24:18 pm »

I remember the first seder I was invited to, in the 80s.  Definitely a reform service, with very short prayers.  I particularly liked the commentary offered by my hosts to make Passover relevant:  we were asked to think of what we might be "enslaved" by in the present day.

Neat thought. 

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As for food, I could deal with the parsley and the brisket.  But they had fresh horseradish (the "bitter herbs" or "chazeret") from their garden that was wicked hot!  But, for me, eating a hard-boiled egg was a huge sacrifice.  Lotsa salt!

That's the only way to eat a hard-boiled egg.  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2014, 03:23:07 pm »

Another friend who was raised Roman Catholic once told me that fish sticks and mac 'n' cheese was a classic Catholic Friday dinner.

In my house it was a cheese pizza.  lol
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« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2014, 03:39:10 pm »

Adding to the few that have ham on Easter Sunday.  And large amounts of chocolate.  מציק
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« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2014, 04:15:02 pm »



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« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2014, 04:30:41 pm »

Quote from: southendmd link=topic=52516.msg657627#msg657627 date=1398098415  My mother wouldn't allow fresh fish in the house.  Ever. 
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My grandpa was a school teacher and the proud father of 12 kids. He was also a fisher and a farmer. My mom had fresh fish every day in her youth. Fried fish and boiled potato was the main dish.

When I was a child my grandpa sent a big box with fresh herring with the bus in the late autumn - only 30 km so.... - and we salted the herring and had salted, boiled herring and potato for breakfast the whole winter, Monday to Saturday. Sundays we had bacon and eggs....

I can only cook fresh fish. I still buy the fish directly from the fisher and it tastes divine!
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« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2014, 04:54:16 pm »

Adding to the few that have ham on Easter Sunday.  And large amounts of chocolate.   מציק

Of course. Chocolate is a major food group.  Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: May 01, 2014, 09:00:10 am »

Today is Beltane. A happy holiday to those who observe or celebrate it.  Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: May 01, 2014, 09:42:51 am »

Happy Beltane!
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« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2014, 04:48:38 pm »

I think I'll celebrate by having fish tacos.
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« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2015, 10:27:39 am »

Fun to review this thread about Easter foods and traditions. I wanted to study the word origin of Easter and found that it was derived from the Old German word for the goddess of Spring, Oestre. But if I'm not mistaken, she was a Greek goddess, was she not?

Anyway, here's a quote from an article in the Guardian from 2010, which is the most recent writing I could find on the subject.

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...In the ancient world, wherever you had popular resurrected god myths, Christianity found lots of converts. So, eventually Christianity came to an accommodation with the pagan Spring festival. Although we see no celebration of Easter in the New Testament, early church fathers celebrated it, and today many churches are offering "sunrise services" at Easter – an obvious pagan solar celebration. The date of Easter is not fixed, but instead is governed by the phases of the moon – how pagan is that?

All the fun things about Easter are pagan. Bunnies are a leftover from the pagan festival of Eostre, a great northern goddess whose symbol was a rabbit or hare. Exchange of eggs is an ancient custom, celebrated by many cultures. Hot cross buns are very ancient too. In the Old Testament we see the Israelites baking sweet buns for an idol, and religious leaders trying to put a stop to it. The early church clergy also tried to put a stop to sacred cakes being baked at Easter. In the end, in the face of defiant cake-baking pagan women, they gave up and blessed the cake instead."
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« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2015, 12:24:37 pm »

An Easter sunrise service might appear to be "an obvious pagan celebration," but it bears mentioning that the Resurrection stories in all four gospels indicate that Mary Magdalene and others went to the tomb very early in the morning to anoint Jesus' body. Indeed, the King James Version of the Matthew account says specifically that it was "as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week," and the John account says that it was "yet dark" when Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb. Therefore sunrise services are also in keeping with the Bible stories, regardless of any pagan precedents.

(I have to quote from the KJV because I have only a KJV New Testament at hand here at work.)

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« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2015, 01:55:44 pm »

It seems to be kind of a "chicken and egg" question. Easter was strange for me. Was it that way for other BetterMostians? I blame the full moon. As I've said earlier, my mom is in the rehab hospital and although she is improving, there are many details to take care of. She had a strange dream Easter eve that I'll recount over on the dreams thread. My car was broken into although what the vandal took was odd (three sets of keys, none of them to my house and none marked) and then the person left a large tote bag full of clothes in the back and a bank statement with her name and address on it! Looks like Sherlock won't be needed to solve this case! I keep hearing of other strange things that occurred yesterday.
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« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2015, 03:03:51 pm »

I'm sorry to hear you had a strange Easter, FRiend. It was nice but nothing especially special in these parts. I even got a seat on a very crowded train back to the city late yesterday afternoon!
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« Reply #31 on: April 06, 2015, 04:11:22 pm »

I really don't mean to beat a dead horse over this Easter Sunrise Service business, but here's something interesting that I just found:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunrise_service

Of course, this article is a bit self-referential: A Moravian Church history magazine credits the Moravian Church with beginning the tradition of holding a sunrise service on Easter Morning (check the footnote). This may well be the case, or it may not. I think the point I'd like to make, or the question I'd like to ask, is whether anyone of whatever religious tradition who claims that an Easter sunrise service is a survival of pagan sun worship has actually bothered to research the history of the tradition of an Easter sunrise service, or just jumped to a conclusion?
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« Reply #32 on: April 06, 2015, 05:37:35 pm »

No, I really can't say whether the author of that Guardian piece did his/her due diligence and traveled back in time to ask the early Christian leaders whether they deliberately modeled the first Easter sunrise service on a pagan sun worshiping ritual. But it seems logical to me that when the early leaders were designing the first Easter celebrations, they probably chose to have some kind of a recognition at sunrise to mark the glorious moment when Mary and the other Mary found the stone rolled away. And one of the leaders might have mentioned in passing that they were likely to have a good turnout because the pagans (pagan means "people of the country") were used to worshiping at sunrise at that time of the year anyway.

One thing I do know is that it's called Easter, which is what the pagans called their spring rituals. My daughter's church doesn't use Easter. They call it "Resurrection Sunday." When to celebrate Easter and some other traditions were decided at the Synod of Whitby in 664. The date of Easter is calculated using the lunar calendar, and that is not particularly Christian. I've been to Whitby and studied the early Celtic church. It's really very fascinating. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synod_of_Whitby
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« Reply #33 on: April 07, 2015, 08:44:08 am »

No strange Easter here.  Had a nice time with the family, and a big Italian meal.
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« Reply #34 on: April 07, 2015, 02:38:56 pm »

So what was Easter dinner, lamb, ham, or lasagna?
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« Reply #35 on: April 07, 2015, 08:20:59 pm »

I ended up having mushroom ravioli, which was very good. After an Easter service and brunch (eggs, pancakes, ham, fruit) at the church, I went to my usual first Sunday of the month Sherlock Holmes meeting. They had talked about moving the meeting to another Sunday, but that wouldn't work because there are Jane Austen, Woodhouse, and various other book club meetings on the other Sundays. And a sizeable percentage of the members are Jewish or agnostic, anyway.

On the subject of dates for Easter, my daughter's faith (Messianic Judaism) believes that Jesus was not born in December, either. So they don't celebrate Christmas and they celebrate His birth in the fall. Apparently it is historically possible to calculate when the census was called by Caesar Augustus, so they were able to determine accurately when He was born.
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« Reply #36 on: April 08, 2015, 08:56:51 am »

So what was Easter dinner, lamb, ham, or lasagna?

We had baked ziti, meatballs, chicken and eggplant parm.

Smiley  Of course, bread, salad and corn for sides.
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« Reply #37 on: April 08, 2015, 09:33:41 am »

We had baked ziti, meatballs, chicken and eggplant parm.

Smiley  Of course, bread, salad and corn for sides.

Sounds delicious!  Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: April 08, 2015, 03:07:13 pm »

It was, and I got leftovers for home!!!
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« Reply #39 on: April 13, 2017, 06:56:06 pm »

Just found out the plans for Easter.

We're meeting at mom & dad's place on Sunday.  The meal will consist of some ham,  chicken parm,  eggplant parm, and the usual sides  (salad, corn)

I've made goodie bags to hand out filled with various chocolates.


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Wishing a glorious Easter to everyone!
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« Reply #45 on: March 18, 2018, 05:35:59 pm »

Both Easter and  Passover are not far now.

In fact, I took down the St. Patrick's Day flag and lights, and put up Easter flag and lights today.
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Palm Sunday is a Christian moveable feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter.  The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels.   It initiates Holy Week, the last week of Lent.

In many Christian denominations, such as the Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic, Reformed, Presbyterian, and Anglican Churches, worship services on Palm Sunday include a procession of the faithful carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem.  The difficulty of procuring palms in unfavorable climates led to their substitution with branches of native trees, including box, olive, willow, and yew.  The Sunday was often named after these substitute trees, as in Yew Sunday, or by the general term Branch Sunday.
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« Reply #47 on: March 28, 2018, 07:15:02 pm »

You've heard of the Christmas "snitch", Elf on a Shelf?    Santa's helper who watches the kids and reports back to Santa if they've been good?

Well, Easter is getting in on that act, with a helper for the Easter Bunny, the Peep on a Perch!





Step aside, Elf--Peep on a Perch is the newest holiday tradition around! Peep on a Perch is a book and plush boxed set that makes the perfect Easter gift. The storybook, perfect for boys and girls ages 3 to 7, tells how the Easter Peep assists the Easter Bunny every year. The adorable Easter Peep helps decorate eggs and fill baskets, and sees all the acts of kindness a child does in the days and weeks leading up to Easter. The soft plush Easter Peep included in the set can be perched anywhere throughout the home. Children will be proud to have the Easter Peep watch them being good all day as they get ready for bed without making a fuss, help out around the house, and use good manners. And the more kindness the Easter Peep sees, the happier the Easter Peep gets! PEEPS® fans of all ages will love to make this a new Easter family tradition.

PEEPS® is an iconic brand found in Easter baskets everywhere with a heritage spanning over 60 years. PEEPS can also be found in the every day candy aisle, and is seasonally relevant at Summer, Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day.
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« Reply #48 on: March 28, 2018, 07:22:52 pm »

Wrong holiday for this time of year, but I found this while looking for Peep on a Perch.    laugh


Even Jewish children can now have their own "snitch" for the holidays, as the time of Hanukkah brings us the Mensch on a Bench!


"The Mensch on the Bench," is a book and doll set created by Jewish father and former Hasbro Toys marketing executive, Neal Hoffman, in an effort to teach his sons about the Jewish holiday Hanukkah, all while adding a new tradition to his family. The doll is a stuffed toy that looks a bit like a rabbi or a Hasidic Jew and is named Moshe. The accompanying book tells the story of Moshe the Mensch who helped Judah Maccabee at the temple by keeping the Shamash candle lit and by watching over the menorah and remaining oil during Hanukkah for eight days - when there was only enough oil left for one day. Moshe played the dreidel, loved coins made of candy called Gelt, and was a true mensch to the children and their families during this difficult time.


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« Reply #49 on: March 28, 2018, 09:04:10 pm »

Even Jewish children can now have their own "snitch" for the holidays, as the time of Hanukkah brings us the Mensch on a Bench!

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« Reply #50 on: March 29, 2018, 09:50:17 am »

You've heard of the Christmas "snitch", Elf on a Shelf?    Santa's helper who watches the kids and reports back to Santa if they've been good?

Well, Easter is getting in on that act, with a helper for the Easter Bunny, the Peep on a Perch!

Oh, for Peep's sake. Does every holiday have to be tied to good behavior and employ a "snitch"? Why not just tell the kids the NSA is watching over them at all times? Or, to be less secular, hang up a crucifix and tell them Jesus is watching?

BTW, I have an Elf on a Shelf but I never knew he was intended to be a snitch. He hasn't been doing a very good job of it.  laugh

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Children will be proud to have the Easter Peep watch them being good all day as they get ready for bed without making a fuss, help out around the house, and use good manners.

If all it took to make my kids do that is a little stuffed animal perched within view, I would have bought one for every room of the house. But I'm afraid this expectation is just slightly unrealistic.

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« Reply #51 on: March 29, 2018, 10:32:02 am »

"The Mensch on the Bench," is a book and doll set created by Jewish father and former Hasbro Toys marketing executive, Neal Hoffman, in an effort to teach his sons about the Jewish holiday Hanukkah, all while adding a new tradition to his family. The doll is a stuffed toy that looks a bit like a rabbi or a Hasidic Jew and is named Moshe. The accompanying book tells the story of Moshe the Mensch who helped Judah Maccabee at the temple by keeping the Shamash candle lit and by watching over the menorah and remaining oil during Hanukkah for eight days - when there was only enough oil left for one day. Moshe played the dreidel, loved coins made of candy called Gelt, and was a true mensch to the children and their families during this difficult time.


I like this guy much better. There's no spying or behavior policing in the description, and "mensch" just means good person.

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« Reply #52 on: March 29, 2018, 10:41:28 am »

Peeps have 28 calories, 0 grams of fat, and they are also gluten free.

And I still don't like them.  Tongue
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BTW, I have an Elf on a Shelf but I never knew he was intended to be a snitch. He hasn't been doing a very good job of it.  laugh


I've never had one, and my parents didn't do that Elf thing, so we weren't "watched" by that.   It was my impression that the Elf is "supposed" to report back to Santa each night on the children's behavior.
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« Reply #54 on: March 29, 2018, 10:15:53 pm »

I've never had one, and my parents didn't do that Elf thing, so we weren't "watched" by that.   It was my impression that the Elf is "supposed" to report back to Santa each night on the children's behavior.

Who invented that whole Elf on the Shelf thing anyway? First time I heard it mentioned I had no idea what was being talked about.

In my day we only had to worry about Santa. He knew when you'd been good or bad, for goodness' sake.

We didn't have to worry about some C.I.A. elf tattling on us.
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« Reply #55 on: March 30, 2018, 06:33:24 pm »

lmao!

I don't know who invented it!   There's even a Christmas cartoon about it now.
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Here is what my dad is getting from me for Easter, because he spent his life working on the railroad.


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This is what my brother is getting today.  He's a huge car person, can look  at a car and tell you the make, model, type of engine, how reliable it is, whether it's 2, 4, or all wheel drive, and other details.


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Wow, those are impressive Easter creations! Your family is really blessed, Chuck! What did you get? A chocolate cowboy hat, perchance?

Thanks for posting about Holy Saturday. On Good Friday, I started to wonder: why is it that they call it Good Friday? Shouldn't it be called Bad Friday, or Black Friday or something like that? Because that's when Christ was crucified.  Cry
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« Reply #62 on: April 01, 2018, 06:56:08 pm »

Here is what my dad is getting from me for Easter, because he spent his life working on the railroad.





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and mom is a cat person, so she gets this.




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Wow, those are impressive Easter creations! Your family is really blessed, Chuck! What did you get? A chocolate cowboy hat, perchance?

Thanks for posting about Holy Saturday. On Good Friday, I started to wonder: why is it that they call it Good Friday? Shouldn't it be called Bad Friday, or Black Friday or something like that? Because that's when Christ was crucified.  Cry


We call it Long Friday.
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Thanks for posting about Holy Saturday. On Good Friday, I started to wonder: why is it that they call it Good Friday? Shouldn't it be called Bad Friday, or Black Friday or something like that? Because that's when Christ was crucified.  Cry
Some sources say it derives from God Friday others say it is because Christ is suppose to have died for our sins.
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« Reply #66 on: April 02, 2018, 07:06:06 am »

Wow, those are impressive Easter creations! Your family is really blessed, Chuck! What did you get? A chocolate cowboy hat, perchance?

Thanks for posting about Holy Saturday. On Good Friday, I started to wonder: why is it that they call it Good Friday? Shouldn't it be called Bad Friday, or Black Friday or something like that? Because that's when Christ was crucified.  Cry


NO chocolate cowboy hat for me!  LOL.   I did get some of the fruit slice candy that I enjoy so much, and some peanut butter cups.

If I'm remembering my Catholic teachings from back in the day, we were told it's called "Good" Friday because the gates of Heaven were locked with the original sin,  Adam and Eve eating the apple.  Jesus' death unlocked the gates of Heaven, allowing people to enter.
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« Reply #67 on: April 02, 2018, 07:07:20 pm »

My sister and I always exchange chocolate bilbies  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macrotis
https://savethebilbyfund.com/get-involved/bilby-chocolate-retailers
Because rabbits are a pest in both Australia and NZ. Some money from sales goes to saving the endangered bilby. I gave my brother-in-law a chocolate wombat as they are bigger and he is a chocoholic.
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« Reply #68 on: April 03, 2018, 05:58:18 pm »

My sister and I always exchange chocolate bilbies  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macrotis
https://savethebilbyfund.com/get-involved/bilby-chocolate-retailers

Because rabbits are a pest in both Australia and NZ. Some money from sales goes to saving the endangered bilby. I gave my brother-in-law a chocolate wombat as they are bigger and he is a chocoholic.


Chocolate for a good cause!  I like that!
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It's Beltane!  Cheesy
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