Lil P completed her very first Tapestry of Grace Unit, and she has really enjoyed it! There is hardly a week that goes by that she doesn't say, "I love history!" or "I want to do more history!"
The suggested unit celebration for the first unit was to hold a seder meal.
I hosted one of these before as a team building project around Easter this year.
I have my own sort of twist to it. I like the food to taste good but still hold the significant symbolism, so I make mostly Mexican food and add a few authentic foods (Haroseth, Afikomen).
I'm not quite sure where I first found this information, but a traditional seder meal is served on a plate containing the following:
- A mixture of walnuts, apples, cinnamon, honey, and wine/grape juice.
- It represents the clay which the Israelites used to make bricks while in slavery.
- Parsley dipped in salt water
- A sign of spring.
- Dipped in salt water to remind us of the tears of the Israelites while they were slaves.
- Another symbol of spring and new life.
- A shank bone
- Usually of a lamb to symbolize the Passover lamb.
- Bitter herbs
- Horseradish is traditionally served.
- To remind us of the bitterness of the slavery of the Israelites.
- Matzoh - 3 pieces
- An unleavened bread.
- To symbolize that the Israelites left Egypt without leavening their bread.
- Before the meal, the 3 pieces of matzoh are placed in a cloth, the middle piece broken in half, half returned to the cloth and the other half, called the afikomen, is hidden.
- After the meal, the children search for the afikomen, representing the search for the body of Christ after his death. The child who finds the afikomen is given a prize.
- Haroseth - the traditional ingredients (replacing wine with grape juice)
- Salsa - containing parsley and salt water
- Deviled eggs - the name is ironic, but the symbol is for the new life we have in Christ
- Lamb or chicken - seasoned for tacos or fajitas
- Green peppers and onions
- Candy as the prize for the child who finds the afikomen (and the other kids too!)
A candle is lit to represent God's presence.
We also lean on pillows to remind us that once we were slaves, but now we are free! The youngest child asks the 4 questions asked at Passover. I love the way Ann Voskamp from A Holy Experience phrases these 4 questions and answers for a Messianic Seder Meal.
It was such a meaningful evening. I love how it causes our minds and hearts to focus on Jesus.
Here are a few photos from our Unit Celebration:
The kids' table
The afikomen found!
Have you ever hosted or been to a seder meal? What was your experience like?