What is it about ritual we enjoy so much? In our family, we have three big rituals a year – Christmas, Thanksgiving and Passover. We usually try to do them on the actual day of the holiday but sometimes that just doesn’t work with everybody’s schedule. So Christmas might be a day or two late or Thanksgiving , a week early. Last night, five nights early, we celebrated Passover. No one in our family is religious but we still like this holiday (ditto for Christmas.) We eat the same large dinner with the same components, we sing the same songs and make the same stupid jokes every year. Just like the clues at Christmas or the menu of “must have” food at Thanksgiving, the ritual is what binds us together, defines our little family “club” and actually makes us, us.

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