March 17, 2013 The Family Celebrates Passover

Well, sure and begorrah we are celebrating Passover this year on St. Patrick’s Day. We are a little early but we Pilats have a long tradition of making the holiday calendar fit our calendars. Nobody minds. While John is busy preparing the meal, I have a craft project for Nathan and Sam. Actually it turns out that everyone ends up making one of the 10 plague puppets. Who knew that cattle disease could be so cute!

Nathan, Sam and Ryan work on plague puppets
Nathan, Sam and Ryan work on plague puppets
We finish all ten!
We finish all ten!

Soon after our puppets are completed it is time to light the candles and gather around the table.
John says the blessing over the candles
John says the blessing over the candles
Let's get started!
Let’s get started!

Over the past few years our seder has been a bit abbreviated so that Nathan and Sam don’t get too bored but this year they are great participants. Nathan carries the water for the washing of the hands.
Nathan is our helper
Nathan is our helper
Nathan holds the bowl while Zayde washes his hands as Sam looks on
Nathan holds the bowl while Zayde washes his hands as Sam looks on

It was so exciting this year because Nathan was able to read the four questions! He did a really great job.
Nathan reads the four questions
Nathan reads the four questions

We have a great seder and Nathan has a momento to take home along with his afikoman money. He has worked hard to decorate his placemat. It looks great. Happy Passover!
Nathan works on coloring his placemat
Nathan works on coloring his placemat
Nathan has done a really beautiful job
Nathan has done a really beautiful job

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