Our Easter Tradition…

Ben and I were married in March of 2003;  coincidentally, the Tuesday following our wedding was Fat Tuesday, which was followed by Ash Wednesday and Lent.  We had thought about heading to New Orleans for our honeymoon but I quickly reconsidered when I found out that we’d be there over Mardi Gras.  Ben doesn’t like crowds much and he gets hostile when Wal-Mart is crowded; I didn’t see him doing so well in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.  All in all, we were married for a little over forty days before our first Easter celebration as a family.

We had planned to eat Easter dinner (ham, I think) with his parents, but received a phone call at 6:30 in the morning that his mom’s gout had flared up and she wouldn’t be able to make dinner and wasn’t up to company.  I offered to come over and make dinner but she wouldn’t have it.  There it was – Ben and I were on our own for Easter dinner.

Looking back, we could have called my parents to see what they were doing (nothing special) and invited ourselves up there but we didn’t want to impose.  Instead, we started thinking about all the places that we might be able to go for dinner – the pickings were slim.

We ended up at the Hong Kong Chinese Buffett down the street from our house enjoying General Tso’s Chicken, fried rice, and crab rangoons with sweet & sour sauce.  People thought we were nuts, but we thought we didn’t make out too badly.  The next year my parents were out of town for Easter and we decided that we’d have Chinese again – back to ye olde Hong Kong Chinese Buffett. 

This year, we’re taking it up a notch and are going to the Hunan Lion.  We found this restaurant a few weeks ago and hands down, they have the best Chinese and Thai food in all of Central Ohio.  I just hope they’ll be open 🙂

What about you – any strange holiday traditions?


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DarcKnyt
    Apr 09, 2009 @ 16:38:31

    We have a tradition of NO tradition. Whatever the tradition might be we seek to break out of it and see if we can defy it. There are certain which we won’t, of course — won’t turn Buddhist on Christmas or anything — but, for example, we aren’t going to have turkey on Thanksgiving unless that’s what strikes our fancy. This past Thanksgiving for instance was crab legs, steamed with drawn butter. Mmm. This year? Well, if we’re not in a homeless shelter we’ll see what strikes our fancy.

    I remember the crab legs with drawn butter – Ben and I were tempted to ditch our family’s celebration and show up on your doorstep begging for free crab legs 😉 We were sooooo jealous! Of course, then I couldn’t have experienced the soon-to-be-a-classic green bean casserole meltdown… I guess everything happens for a reason.

    We wanted to do an “Easter Tree” thing and start to focus as much emphasis on Easter as Christmas. For us as Christians, Easter’s the highest holiday, and we feel it gets a raw deal in terms of notoriety. So we were going to use a colorful “tree” and have wrapped presents and decorate it. Make it something the kids really look forward to.

    That’s a nifty idea. People around here adorn their outside trees with lots of little plastic eggs hung from string. And you’re right – Easter DOES get a raw deal when it comes to the other Christian holidays. I’m still scratching my head as to how the Easter Bunny became associated with Easter. I dunno.

    Life is what happens while you’re making other plans, but I still think about it from time to time.


  2. whatigotsofar
    Apr 09, 2009 @ 16:42:25

    For Easter, no, not really. Fish on Good Friday, meat has to wait until Sunday. I don’t even bother to partake. I don’t eat fish and I’m not old school enough to hold off on chicken or beef for a couple of days.
    My family’s holiday traditions are generally pretty bland. As long as we eat, it’s all good.

    Eh, I’m Lutheran so I don’t have to worry about the whole no meat on Friday thing. Ben loves Lent because he recently discovered that he likes fried fish – it seems every restaurant in the world has a fish special on Fridays.

    Occassionally though, Mother’s Day falls on the same day as Whacking Day. I like to use that once every few years occurance to hit my mother with a stick.

    What is this Whacking Day of which you speak? You Canadians have some strange holidays – what’s the story behind Boxing Day!?


  3. whatigotsofar
    Apr 09, 2009 @ 16:43:53

    I just love DarcKnyt’s idea about the Easter Tree. If I wasn’t such a lazy fatass looking for a way to hit my mom with a stick, I’d do it right now.


  4. claire
    Apr 09, 2009 @ 18:57:48

    OMG, I want to go with you sometime! I love Chinese and Thai food, but am always nervous to try new places. Some are great, and some are…less than great… Have fun!

    We’ll make sure to invite you and Jeremy the next time we go. It’s in a corner of a strip mall so you think it’s just a run of the mill place, but when you get inside it’s all white table cloth, heavy cutlery, and super snappy servers. Ben and I felt underdressed the first time we went there but then we looked around and other people were in jeans. Food is awesome, reasonably priced, and you get a TON of it.


  5. Allison
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 09:21:57

    Ha! Fun idea 🙂 We don’t have any out of the ordinary holiday celebrations really. One year on Valentine’s Day (pre-baby) we could not find a restaurant that didn’t have a huge wait so we drove around aimlessly until we ended up at this awful German place called Black Forest or something like that. It was so horrible! Very outdated, like stepping into the late 70s, and we had to pay a cover to listen to this hideous lounge lizard singer with his band. The food was cold and overpriced and the whole place just reeked of sauerkraut. It was truly so bad that it was fantastic in a crazy way! We would have made it a tradition had the place not closed down a few years ago 😉


  6. whatigotsofar
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 11:09:54

    Whacking Day is a holiday celebrated on May 10th in Springfield, USA. Everybody in town uses the day to beat snakes. Originally, it was started as an excuse to beat up the Irish.

    A HA! Funny, I thought it was a Canadian thing.


  7. DarcsFalcon
    Apr 10, 2009 @ 17:11:52

    *rolling my eyes at WIGSF* Whacking Day is from a Simpson’s episode – don’t let him snow you!

    Yeah, what Darc was saying about No Traditions being our new tradition. We found that we ate turkey we hated because it was a “tradition” and thought that since Thanksgiving was about gratitude and bounty, we’d gather those things that meant bounty to us. Hence the crab legs. 🙂

    As for the Easter Tree, we’re still working on that. Seems every year something happens to prevent it, but we still have our plans. I’ve seen the plastic eggs strung on trees, but that’s not what we’re going for. We’re thinking small hand-made crosses, crowns of thorns, things like that – more religious in nature instead of pagan.

    LOL, I left a brief history lesson on where the Easter bunnies came from on WIGSF’s previous post – check the comments near the bottom.


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