What are you having for Easter dinner? Sure, we've done the ham and potatoes thing but somehow that just never did it for me. Seemed rather odd to be celebrating a holiday stemming from Christianity's Middle Eastern roots by eating a bunch of pork. Irony or something.
Anyway, a couple years ago I wanted to start a new family tradition, something that would be more memorable and interesting and centered on Jerusalem and the events that transpired there 2000 years ago. I decided to celebrate with a Middle Eastern meal. Now don't get me wrong, this isn't Passover, this isn't authentic or even culturally correct I'm sure. It's just our little night to remember an area so far removed from Alaska.
First, I decorate with palm fronds lain underneath the placemats and down the center of the table as a natural runner. Then I use placemats made from burlap cut into rectangles and frayed at the edges which make rustic-looking placemats at bargain-basement prices.
Finally I serve food that is native to the region: fresh figs, olives, dates, lamb, couscous, pita, grape juice, persimmons, pomegranates, etc.--do some research and come up with your own interesting foods to try. The kids don't necessarily love it all but they like trying new things and getting a peek at foods that might have been eaten back at the time of Christ.
It's been fun and popular and a great way to celebrate a sacred holiday. Any spring time or Easter ideas of your own? Leave your links below.
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