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Holidays

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Since many of you celebrate Easter, I asked Av this morning if on one of his (ten! he's only taken me three times!) Israel trips he had taken pics there of things that might be interesting.  In 1994, he went as part of the Birmingham Interfaith Mission to Israel, which was coordinated by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

This is from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, traditionally the site of Calvary -- and currently the object of a dispute among different Christian groups as to who is actually in charge there...


Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

The Garden Tomb where Jesus was laid to rest after the crucifixion:
Garden Tomb

Garden Tomb

The Church of All Nations, which is on the Mount of Olives, and contains a stone that is said to be the place where Jesus prayed before he was arrested:
Church of All Nations, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

Church of All Nations, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem

Here are three pictures from a baptism in the Jordan, in northern Israel. Former Birmingham police chief Johnnie Johnson co-officiated, and the woman being baptized was an 80-something year old Sunday School teacher from Texas who was on the trip.

Baptism In The Jordan

Baptism In The Jordan

Baptism In The Jordan

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Other things:

While going through his old prints from one of his trips to Israel, Av found this image of a home in Northern Israel that used bicycles as part of its fencing:
Bicycle Fence, Northern Israel

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The Washington Post has a slideshow of their favorite 37 Peeps dioramas (some of them are *so* good!!).

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Someone in Seattle got pranked by having 900 Peeps-on-a-stick put in their yard.

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If you have a mini Cadbury egg, a Peep, and a hollow chocolate bunny, you can make an Easter turducken.  If you wanted to.

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Chocolate bunnies that we think of as traditional at Easter are replaced with chocolate bilbys in Australia to remind people that rabbits are not native, and are ecologically destructive, to that country.

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Look at these gorgeous Easter cakes!  1, 2, 3, 4

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Last year I took this pic at our first night seder at Av's parents' home:
Passover Seder Table Set
I forgot to take a pic of the table before both nights' seders this year!  Here's a pic of Shugie helping Papa along the first night, though:
Shugie and Papa at 1st Night Seder

The second night was at our home.  We all gathered in the living room for the first half of the seder before moving to the table for supper and the second half.  We started doing the first half that way last year, when it occurred to me that if the idea was to go through the seder as free people, in comfort, that we'd surely all be more comfortable there than at the dining room table for hours.  That's a tradition we are going to keep!

For supper, I made chicken piccata, barbecue brisket, potato salad, vegetable cole slaw, deviled eggs, roasted sweet potato fries, and for dessert -- chocolate baby bites cakes and espresso sorbet. Yummm!

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We observe Passover, but whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is happy, hopeful, and sweet!  xoxoxo!

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