We took a different approach to our Seder meal this year. It was smaller, more relaxed, not quite as long. Somehow the Haggadah was condensed to a single page. There were fresh flowers, real china, and two lit menorahs. We set aside some of the traditions of hand washing, and salt water. More emphasis was placed on the Messiah than on the story of the Exodus. The evening was a beautiful celebration of the redemption of YHWH in days past, like the Israelites leaving Egypt, and of his redemption in our own lives.
We used real china for place settings and couldn't have been happier. It was a special touch in an elegant evening.
This year we had just sixteen people. The smaller group made it more like a dinner party (like the last supper).
Lighting the menorah.
Another pre-guest table shot. Each guest had a Hagaddah, a 10 Plagues coaster, and a fresh almond that I remembered to add after I took this photo. Haha.
This year's reading: "The Story of Israel."
Passing of the matzah, symbolizing his body broken for us.
I like to describe the items on the Seder plate as the Gospel in six courses. Extra points if you can see the tired little pup laying beneath the table.
Our miracle one page Hagaddah! Nes gadol hayah sham.
Our Passover meal included the mandatory grilled lamb, matzah, and bitter herb salad, as well as add ins like roasted asparagus and peppers, charoset, potato salad, and hummus with veggies.
Both plates had the same things, I promise.
Our cutest attendee.
Oh these coasters? They're from Matanote on Etsy.
The third cup of wine, "I will redeem you."
Instead of afikomen we had pavlova with fresh berries and whipped cream for dessert.
I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Passover and Feast of Matzah!