Thursday, November 18, 2010

On Our Unit 1 Celebration

We had our Unit 1 Celebration last week, and I totally forgot to post the photos.

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:
  • Haroseth 
    • 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.
  • Egg
    • 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.
I served the following at both seder meals I hosted:
  • 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
  • Tortillas
  • Candy as the prize for the child who finds the afikomen (and the other kids too!)
Grape juice or wine is served.  Traditionally there are 4 glasses of wine poured to represent the 4 stages of the exodus - freedom, deliverance, redemption, and release.  Another glass is poured for Elijah, who is said to come before the Messiah.  We know the Messiah has already come!

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!

Friends



Have you ever hosted or been to a seder meal?  What was your experience like?

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2 comments:

  1. It was so fun to be a part of this...and to learn more about the Seder meal. You are doing a great job teaching your kids!! Thanks for letting us be a part of it :) we like being a part of your family and are so glad you are here!!!

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  2. I have never done this! But what a fun way to celebrate the completion of a unit :-)

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