My favorite things about Passover (and whatever other holidays these might apply to):
- Taking the time to prepare a special meal. From picking out the recipes to going shopping for the food to planning and cooking the meal to finally sitting down together as a family to be rewarded with the meal that you've worked so hard to create.
- The story. I love storytime. I think reading out loud and reflecting on the words being said is one of the best ways to figure out how you really feel about something. Jeff read from the The New American Haggadah which offers readers multiple 'themes' for various readings. Jeff chose the 'Nation' theme which made for an excellent introspection on all things political, national, and global. I think the language could have been a bit more gender neutral; but that's a bit of a pet peeve.
- The symbolism. Everything has a meaning, and the meaning is what is important, not the object itself. This also lets each individual person have their own meaning for the symbol; and when we discuss our personal meaning we not only gain a larger understanding of the symbolism, we gain a larger understanding of each other.
- I just love celebrating things. Especially with the boy. I like doing family things with him, it just feels right and good and happy.
Here are the recipes that we (sort of) followed, and some thoughts on what we liked and what we're going to change for next time:
And now for the free printables.