Easter has colorful eggs and chocolate bunnies. Passover has slavery and plagues. And you know how Easter egg hunts always have enough eggs hidden so that all the kids can fill their baskets and go home happy? Only one kid can find the afikomen on Passover.
But the afikomen is a large bland cracker wrapped in a napkin, so maybe that’s okay.
Passover is probably the least kid-friendly holiday ever created but for some reason, I remember loving it when I was little. Especially the ten plagues part. Frogs, locusts, darkness, dead babies— this is the part of the sedar that every Jewish kid looks forward to because it’s the only part illustrated in the Haggadah.
Yay, we’re up to the plagues!!!! We get to dip our fingers into red wine and make dots on our plates! This is just as fun as tie-dying eggs and receiving baskets of candy!
Seriously. They even make dead baby puppets for this part.
The plagues also signify that the excruciatingly long wait to eat is almost over. But don’t worry, there are a few snacks to tide your kids over along the way. Like parsley dipped in the tears of our ancestors (salt water) and chopped apples and walnuts to represent the mortar that our people used to build pyramids against their will.
Sounds delicious, right?
The reason that the Sedar takes so long is that you must read the entire story of Passover, along with all the prayers and songs. Some families go through the full version and some families use abridged versions.
Well, let me present Harlow’s version of the Passover story— the shortest version of all. My Jewish obsessed three-year-old has found the perfect holiday to show-off her vast knowledge of all things Hebrew. She’s been walking around all week with a pretend Haggadah telling the stiry non-stop.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, Harlow goes to a Jewish preschool and learns everything there. I did not teach her a thing.
In fact, at this point, she is the one teaching me.
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