Happy Easter

I’m heading home on a reasonably early flight, so I can’t play with you all today. For all of you of the Easter-celebrating persuasion, have a Happy Easter; for everyone else, have a good Sunday. See you tomorrow.

13 thoughts on “Happy Easter

  1. I like to think of it as ‘candy eggs go on sale tomorrow’ day.

    ::cough:: also as the anniversary of the day that guy whose teachings I follow reportedly abandoned his grave.

    But if he were around today, I bet he’d totally hit up the easter candy sales tomorrow. As long as the candy in question was kosher, and he wasn’t busy, like, trying to provide for the poor and infirm.

    …mmmm Cadbury’s.

  2. Question: Jesus was Jewish. Accounts of his pre-acension activities suggest he was still Jewish after being a guest of the Cryptkeeper for a couple of days.

    So why do we celebrate his resurrection by eating ham?

  3. …So why do we celebrate his resurrection by eating ham? Because ham is good and because we had turkey for the last big christian holiday and we can only stand turkey once a year. Duh.

    Don’t be diss’n my ham, pal. I just put mine in the roster with apples and dried Michigan cherries, brown sugar and cider. In an hour or so the wolves will begin to howl…but they’re not going to get any.

  4. …So why do we celebrate his resurrection by eating ham?

    Actually, originally it was celebrated by eating lamb – thus symbolically partaking in another way in the death and life of the Lamb of God.

    I’m not sure how that morphed into ham, but I’d guess it’s because ham is less expensive in some areas, and I know pigs came over to America right away, while sheep seem never to have taken hold.

    Incidentally, it should also be noted that the new covenant, sealed by the death and resurrection of Christ, over-rode the Jewish kosher food laws… though it was a topic of much debate in the early church as non-Jews came to faith and everyone wondered if they had to become both Christian and Jewish. (They didn’t.) So for Christians, the consideration of pork/ham as a proper food choice wasn’t an issue.

    Also, I fully agree that Jesus would have been first in line for the discounted candy – I see my stockpiling of half-price Starburst jellybeans as responsible stewardship of my money. Yeah…

    Happy Easter! Happy end of Passover! Happy Day Before ‘Normal’ People Go Back To Work!

  5. I think that ham has 2 reasons.

    1. Gentiles never had to abstain from eating meat. As more Gentiles accepted Christ, they opted for their favorite meals for the feast.

    2. Northern and eastern Europeans had less access to lamb and more access to pig. As they immigrated to the US, the ham tradition got more established.

    Personally, I’m going for steaks and ribs today.

    Happy Easter to you, John, and the rest of the Whatever readers.

  6. Betsy brings up an interesting point. Specifically, it’s the death and resurrection that supersedes the old laws with the new, so it makes sense to celebrate that by partaking in food that was sinful under the old law. It’s like getting drunk to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition.

    My family’s traditional Easter breakfast is matzobrei, so that’s what we had.

  7. Hoppy Easter!!!
    Easter is soooo rad and I am having a Easter party!!!! candy and bunny kissess!!!!!

    xoxoxoxoxo To:Mommy From:Noah

  8. Jesus would NOT be first in line to buy the Easter candy tomorrow – at least not this year.

    It’s a Jewish holiday. Not allowed to buy things on Jewish holidays, and I’m sure he’d observe that.

    Next year is a different story.

    (And the lamb? Pascal lamb, given a new meaning by the new religion, but originating in the old one?)

  9. Jesus would NOT be first in line to buy the Easter candy tomorrow – at least not this year.

    It’s a Jewish holiday. Not allowed to buy things on Jewish holidays, and I’m sure he’d observe that.

    Next year is a different story.

    (And the lamb? Pascal lamb, given a new meaning by the new religion, but originating in the old one?)

  10. Debra– I stand corrected. That’s what I was getting at with the kosher thing, but I forgot about Passover completely.

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