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13 Jan

National Hobby Month: Tips on Turning Your Hobby Into A Business

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National Hobby Month.

Every year, at the beginning of the year, our nation celebrates National Hobby Month. 2017 can be a much more interesting year if you spend some of your time honing skills and pursuing special interests. Hobbies get a boost from blogs and how-to websites at this time of year.

What? You didn’t know it was National Hobby Month?

Well, you aren’t alone.

Yet  according to the U.S. Census Bureau, people in the United States spend around five to six hours per day on leisure and sports activities, their personal interests / activities, and hobbies. It takes into account that weekend days are more filled with hobby pursuits than weekdays. Still, that’s a lot of time doing something for no other reason than it interests you.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics , watching TV was the most popular use of leisure time in 2014.

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I think we can do better than that. It is, after all, National Hobby Month!

Not So Boring Life has a list of hobbies that numbers more than 300. TV watching is number 283 (they’re listed alphabetically), but I’d drop it from the list altogether. Because, hobbies.

The list is not, obviously, all-inclusive, but it does give you some hope if you haven’t found a hobby that suits you.

Discover A Hobby.com also has a list that is more than 300 items.

With the prevalence of hobbies, crafts, and DIY posts on Pinterest, there is sure to be something you want to do with your spare time.

If you have spare time.

It’s a known fact that we all make time for the things that are really important to us, and for many, hobbies are important. Even a few minutes a day can help you start and keep a hobby.

Some of us spend so much time on our hobbies that we decide to turn it into our business. Whether it’s blogging, reading, making. or doing, there is probably a niche you can fill with the thing you love.

Here are a few tips on how to make your hobby into a dream job.

Be innovative.

The market changes, and what was once popular may wane in demand. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up doing what you love. Instead, you need to be ready and willing to make changes to your business to keep it relevant.

Stay steady.

Turning your hobby into a business takes word. Hard work. Probably more work than if you had a “normal” 9-5 job. A schedule is the best way to be sure you’re moving toward your goal. Commit to at least 15 minutes every day of doing something related to your business.

Don’t go it alone.

You have family, friends, peers and professionals who can help you succeed in making your hobby your profession. Listen to what they say, even when it’s criticism. It’s possible that you are so close to a problem that you can’t see it, and the perspective of other people can help you solve problems you might not even realize you have. Join a Facebook group or find a networking group that focuses on what you love doing.

In addition to joining groups that target your hobby, think about those that spotlight small businesses, too. There’s valuable information resident in other people.

Keep it simple.

It’s easy to go overboard with your ideas and try to focus on too many things at once. You can go really big and still keep it simple. Stick to one aspect of your hobby until you are successful with that area, and then expand. Nothing creates success like success.

Stay true to authenticity.

Your brand is unique. It is the thing that sells your product, even more than what you do. Nothing is more important than finding your voice in the public arena and staying true to it. Your vision shouldn’t waver based on what somebody else is doing. Be authentic.

So should you turn your hobby into a business?

There are some cons to going professional with your favorite pastime. Making 25,000 (fill in the blank here) may not be as satisfying as the few you make in your spare time. Maybe your hobby isn’t worthy of being a business. Just because your friends and family admire your work doesn’t really translate into market research. There may not be a market for your interest where you live. Or perhaps your hobby isn’t deep enough to sustain your interest long enough to make a business out of it.

Maybe you just need to have fun with it. And remember to celebrate National Hobby Month.

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16 Feb

Christmas Wreath: Quick and Easy!

Quick and Easy Christmas Wreath

I HAD THIS wreath on my door throughout the fall, but with Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to change it up for the holiday. One of my favorite things is little, fat birds, and I found this one at Joann’s with their doorbuster sale for just $2.50. Adding a couple of holiday picks cost another $3.00, so for just $5.50 I got a brand new wreath for the holiday.

The only thing I don’t like about it is the brown bow at the top. Had I been more foresightful, I would not have hot glued the brown bow to the wreath so I could change it out. But I still think it’s a pretty Christmas wreath, anyway.

Here’s what I did. Gather two holiday picks (mine have holly leaves and little red berries) and wire them to the burlap wreath. Tuck the little bird’s wire feet firmly under the wire and there you have it! (I learned from the bow and didn’t hot glue anything to the wreath, so I can change it out for other seasons.) You could use berries, snowflakes, jingle bells, or any other Christmas trinkets you have lying around, or head on down to your favorite craft store (with coupon in hand, of course) and get yourself a few new doodads to add to your decor. With a little imagination and even less effort, you’ll have your door decked out with a Christmas wreath for the holidays in no time!

Another craft I did was this rustic joy hanger. It’s made with painted letters, a small grapevine wreath and a large jingle bell. Easy-peasy!

I love the word joy. It is a simple word with only three letters and it is full of such a huge amount of emotion. It represents the elation of the Christmas season and personifies the coming of the Christ child.

So I wanted to make a decoration that shows my joy in the season and would be simple to make and still have huge impact.

You will need:
1 six-inch grapevine wreath
1 three and a half inch rustic jingle bell
5″ letters J and Y
Acrylic paints in Brick Red and Metallic Bronze
Small paint brush
Sand paper
Hot glue gun and glue stick

What you do:

  1. Paint the letters with the Brick Red paint and allow to dry
  2. Paint over the letters with a light coat of Metallic Bronze and let dry
  3. Sand the edges of the letters
  4. Tie the jingle bell to the top of the wreath so that it hangs in the hole in the wreath
  5. Hot glue the letters to the sides of the wreath

13 Feb

14 Simple Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

ON HOLIDAYS, we like to have something for the kiddos to do. That’s why these Valentine’s Day crafts are so valuable. It gives little hands a creative outlet and their creations delight the adults in their lives. I know the crafts my grandkids do delight me!

I scoured the internet to find some crafts that the kids could do with little or no help from Mom so that they could make Valentine’s Day crafts as a surprise for Mom and Dad or for other people that they want to honor. Click on the photograph to be taken to the tutorial and then show these to your kids and let them craft away. Of course, you’ll have to buy the materials if you don’t have them lying around the house, which will kind of spoil the surprise, but you’ll find them captivating nonetheless, I promise.

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beaded_heartBeaded Ornament

crayon-hearts-1Crayon Shaving Hearts

paper-heart-garlandPaper Heart Garland

muffin-paper-flowersBaking Cup Flower Valentines

valentines day 126Wrapped Heart Canvas

Valentines-Day-Countdown-Printable14 Acts of Love Display

Valentines-day-crafts-for-kid-29Tic-Tac-Toe Hearts

Paper-Straw-Valentine-DIY-CraftStraw Heart Valentine 

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6a00d8341cadf753ef01053721d5d8970b-450wiHappy Valentine’s Day for Crayon Out Loud

What do you like to do with your kids on Valentine’s Day?

 

06 Feb

6 Romantic Valentine’s Day Getaways for You and Your Love

valentine-decoration-871297272416YnQTHIS YEAR, why not give an experience as a Valentine’s Day gift? These romantic Valentine’s Day getaways are sure to spark those fires you want to kindle in your love’s heart! I’ve gathered together some little travel itineraries for you so you can book now and enjoy the holiday.

New Orleans (LA)—The “Big Easy,” a romantic destination extraordinaire, with restaurants and tours that will wow you. From formal dining rooms to quaint courtyards, enjoy the signature creole and cajun cuisine, or simply the freshest seafood you can buy. Take a tour on a balmy night and enjoy the slow pace and the uptown jazz. Delight in a horse-drawn carriage ride under French Quarter streetlights or stand on the deck of a riverboat.

Orange Beach (AL)—With miles and miles of white sand and clear water, you’ll want to stay forever. Take a ride out over the ocean and enjoy the beautiful sea life from the safety of a helicopter. “With the doors removed, you have a completely unobstructed view of the emerald green waters of the gulf along with an awesome view of sea life from above,” says Steve Oliver, Orange Beach Helicopters owner. “You are almost guaranteed to see dolphins, sea turtles, rays, even sharks.”

Maui (HI)—Offering a taste of just about everything the Aloha State has to offer, Maui is smaller than the Big Island and larger than Lanai, and offers a wide range of activities for Hawaii visitors. Impressive wildlife and intriguing history and culture await you on the island. Hula dancers, coastal fairways, snorkeling alongside sea turtles, or just lounging on some of Hawaii’s most notable beaches, you’ll find something here for every taste and a large dose of romance as well.

Aspen (CO)—A winter wonderland and famous ski destination, Aspen is snuggled in the great Rocky Mountains of Colorado. As picturesque as a snow globe, you’ll have your choice of four premier ski areas that cater to those  who love the powder no matter what their level of ability. Or spend your time at the high-end shops, the captivating museums, fashionable galleries and entertaining festivals. Whether on the slopes or not, it will be a trip you’ll never forget.

Savannah (GA)—Eccentric Savannah is a wonderful spot for a Valentine’s day getaway. Antebellum history is evident in every corner, and Southern accents share fame with creepy graveyards and Spanish moss. Design students mingle with ghost hunters and preservationists; edgy cafes and restored theaters bump shoulders with Southern-fried restaurants. But at night it’s another story altogether as “The Hostess City of the South” sheds its propriety and shows visitors a good time.

Sedona (AZ)—One of America’s most beautiful places, Sedona is home to a large populace of spiritualists among the spectacular red buttes and canyons where New Age “vortexes” are said to balance the spiritual powers within. Not your cup of tea? No problem, just book a day at one of Sedona’s many spas, or hike one of the over 100 trails it’s famous for. If you don’t want to break a sweat but still want to see the incredible sights, book a spot on a Pink Jeep Tour. You’ll love the view!

Where will you go on your romantic getaway?

04 Apr

Messianic Seder at My House

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messianicsedertitleIT WAS a wonderful evening! Our messianic seder meant that we read the Haggadah and ate the meal and made cotton lambs… the kids, really too little to participate, sat in our laps and listened to the story and drank grape juice every time we drank wine. It was magical! Here are a few pictures from the table:

IMG_3573The Seder plate: traditional foods and two white candles. Note: the plate is a pizza tin covered with strips from an antique hymnal. Normally, the two candles don’t go on the plate. I just liked them there.

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Since the last Sacrificial Lamb was slain, we substituted a wooden cross for the lamb shank.

 

 

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The place setting had a bowl for Matzah Ball Soup, with the traditional (although not a real) egg, a plate for charoset,
and a dinner plate, fork, knife and spoon.

 

The food was so good! The potatoes were the best I’ve ever eaten, although I changed the recipe just slightly. I substituted red potatoes for russet, and left the skins on. Unbelievably good, and it will be traditional for us for Passover from now on. We substituted baklava for the chocolate cake, since our son doesn’t like chocolate (I know! Where did we go wrong?!).

One other thing we changed. We did not have an Elijah cup, since the Lord proclaimed in Matthew 11:13-14 that Elijah had already come in the person of John the Baptist.

As I told my son, since the kids all moved away, all our traditions have kind of fallen away, since they were largely built around the kids. So it’s nice to have one tradition that is ours alone. Though the kids said they’d be there next year, too. I replied, “If the Lord tarries, next year in Jerusalem!”

22 Mar

Christian Passover Decorating!

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I’VE JUST about driven myself mad trying to find the perfect, affordable way to decorate for our Seder on Passover. The problem is, there are so many ideas out there! I’m going to post a few links so you can go see for yourself, but I want to describe my table, too. (I’ll post pictures from the Seder on April 4th.) It is surely a challenge to find Christian Passover decorating!

First, I got a blue, round table cloth to fit our table. Then I bought white, round placemats to put at each place. My tableware will be my mom’s beautiful floral pieces, which are mostly pink and white, but I plan to tie it in by having a pink floral centerpiece. Next, two tall white candles, as tradition dictates. My Seder plate is one that I made myself, and is a pizza pan decoupaged with the pages of an old hymnal. The cups for the traditional foods are plastic in a floral edged shape (again, round). Instead of having just one egg on the plate, though, I’ve decoupaged white ceramic eggs with the same sheet music the tray is made from. Each person gets to keep his egg, rather than eating a roasted, boiled egg. (It is symbolic, after all!) Because our Sacrificial Lamb was slain 2,000 years ago and we no longer sacrifice lambs for the forgiveness of sins, we’ve chosen to place a wooden cross where the lamb’s shank bone would have been. (My husband’s idea!)

Anyway, here are a few places to give you some inspiration, and as I said, I’ll post pictures of our own Seder the next day.

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Martha Stewart

E-How.com

PopSugar

Table Setting Ideas

09 Mar

Why I Believe The Rapture of the Church Will Be Soon

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MANY PEOPLE don’t believe in the Rapture of the Christian Church, and more have no idea what it is. So I thought to tell what it is and why I believe it is destined to happen soon.

The word “rapture” is not in the English translations of the Bible, that’s true. But in the Greek translation, the word where we get our terms for rapt and rapture is there. It’s the word rapio, which means caught up. In Hebrew the word is harpazio.

jesus returns to the fatherBefore the Seven year Tribulation which is coming on the whole world arrives, the Church–Jesus’ body–will be “caught up” to meet Him in the clouds. This is spoken of in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 where it says, “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so we shall ever be with the Lord.” It is God’s deliverance from His wrath, for it is written: “For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:9). In Nahum 1:2, we are told that wrath is reserved for God’s enemies. The Church is His Bride, not His enemy.

Using a Jewish wedding as an analogy, the bridegroom proposes to the bride and then leaves her for an indeterminate amount of time to build her a house and prepare for her a home, which his father oversees. When his father determines that the home is ready, he sends the son along with the groomsmen to get the bride. Meanwhile, she has been busy preparing to meet her new husband. The bridegroom returns for her at an hour she does not know, but normally when it is dark, and the groomsman blows a trumpet to mark the groom’s arrival. The bride will have been watching for him and will have her lamp trimmed, ready to meet him when he gets there. Then he returns with his bride to the new house he has prepared for her, and the two of them disappear inside for seven days. Meanwhile, the rest of the family and friends rejoice and have a grand party.

Jesus told His disciples, ” And if I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3). If the Church is His Bride, which we are told she is in Ephesians 5:25-27, her duty while she waits for Him to return for her is to remain faithful and prepare. This is the point the Church is at today.

Now, as for why I think it will happen soon.

In the Jewish year, there are seven feasts, four in the spring and three in the fall. These feasts are called moedim, or appointed times. They are spread out over seven months. The first of these is Passover, the remembrance of the day in which lambs were slaughtered and their blood spread on the door posts of the Jews’ homes in Egypt so that the Angel of death would “pass over” them as he went about killing the firstborn in every household. It was on the day of preparation for the Passover meal in the evening that Jesus was crucified at the exact time that the lambs were being slaughtered. Sinless, Jesus became the perfect Passover lamb with whose blood the sins of the world are taken away.

The next feast is called Unleavened Bread. It commemorates the day that the Jews left Egypt, taking unleavened bread, as they did not have time for it to rise. Leaven is also symbolic of sin, so when the Jews fled into the wilderness, they symbolically left their sin behind in exchange for freedom. The perfect unleavened bread was Jesus Himself. He told the people, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:33). He also told them that as a kernel of corn must die and be buried in order to produce fruit, He, too, would die and be buried, which is what happened on that very feast day.

Three days after Passover is the Feast of Firstfruits. On this day, Jews celebrated the new crops and brought offerings of first fruits to God. Jesus was resurrected on this day, a kind of Firstfruits from the dead, or the first of the great harvest that will occur at the end of the age. This is the time that Christians celebrate Easter, although it does not always fall on the correct day and is always celebrated on Sunday.

Fifty days after Firstfruits is the celebration of Pentecost, the very day that the Church was born and the Holy Spirit was poured out on the believers. The Church started that day with 3,000 people and has not stopped growing since.

The next feast in line is the Feast of Trumpets. This is the day that many think Jesus will return (I am among those who so believe). This feast is always accompanied by a loud trumpet call, just as the return of the bridegroom for his bride is also accompanied by a trumpet blast.

After that is the Day of Atonement, a very solemn occasion when the Jews make restitution for their sins. This would be the time of the Second Coming, when Jesus will return with his Bride (the Church) to judge the nations.

Lastly is the feast called Tabernacles, where the millennial reign will start, Jesus dwelling with His people forever.

Now we live in a dark world where every prophecy necessary for Jesus’ return to Rapture His Bride has taken place. Since the beginning of the Jewish State in 1948, things have been ready. The only thing still to be fulfilled is when that last gentile to be saved has been saved. When will that be? No one knows. Some people say we cannot know the timing of Jesus’ return, because He, Himself, said that no man knows the day or hour, not the Angels, nor the Son Himself, but only His Father in Heaven (Matthew 24:36). Yet at that time, Jesus was referring to the Feast of Trumpets. This was a common adage which His disciples would have well understood. Because the Feasts of Trumpets is the only feast that begins on a new moon, there were to be two witnesses as to the sighting of the new moon. Now not just anybody could be a witness of this fact, but only men of great import. Since the month had 29-1/2 days, and two witnesses had to be together, they spread the feast over two days. “No man knows the day or hour” specifically referred to that feast.

Our world can’t get much darker without annihilating ourselves. Remember that the groom came in the dark with his trumpet blast? It could be this Feast of Trumpets, which occurs on September 14 and 15 of this year, or it could be in 2016, or it could come in the distant future. But I think it’s far more likely that it will be soon, just based on the condition of the world and that we’ve been privy to so much prophecy fulfillment in our time. As I said, nothing is left to be done.

And I believe that we will be that generation that does not pass away until all these things be fulfilled (Matthew 24:34).

07 Mar

A Christian Seder Menu

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MENU

Chicken soup with vegetables—or—matzo ball soup

Broiled asparagus                 Sauteed spinach with basil and pine nuts

Horseradish potato gratin

Roast beef and onions—or—Slow cooker coffee-braised brisket with vegetables

Flourless chocolate cake

We’ll start our Christian Seder feast with chicken soup, because my son doesn’t like matzo balls, but I’ve included a recipe in case you do. In either case, you’ll be eating chicken broth, the “Jewish penicillin.”

Then we bring out the vegetables and meat! You might wonder why we aren’t eating lamb, and the answer is that the last lamb slain for sin was 2,000 years ago. As Christians we aren’t a-chunk-of-beef-2obligated to sacrifice for our sins anymore (in fact, it would be sin to do so!), so we don’t eat lamb at Passover. However, in keeping with our Jewish roots, we don’t eat ham, either! Chicken or beef will suffice, although if you like lamb (I don’t), there’s no reason not to enjoy it at this time. I’ve included a recipe for lamb as well.

After our sumptuous meal is eaten, we’ll sit back with a cup of coffee or tea and a decadent slice of flourless chocolate cake. You’ve never eaten anything so chocolate if you haven’t tasted one of these!

Recipes

Chicken Soup with Vegetables

Matzo Ball Soup

Broiled Asparagus

Sauteed Spinach with Pine Nuts

Horseradish Potato Gratin

Roast Beef and Onions

Slow Cooker Coffee-Braised Brisket with Vegetables

Rosemary and Garlic Roast Leg of Lamb

Flourless Chocolate Cake

You may notice that most of my recipes are from Real Simple.com. They aren’t paying me anything; in fact, they don’t even know I’m linking to them. I just like their recipes!

06 Mar

A Christian Seder

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The original Seder

MY FAMILY is Christian, although my husband is a Messianic Jew. We don’t often celebrate the Jewish holidays, but sometimes we enjoy doing it. There is no Biblical mandate for Christians to keep the Jewish feasts and fasts, as Christ came “to fulfill the law” (Matthew 5:17), but there’s no reason not to if you want to. This year, we will hold a Christian Seder meal to celebrate Passover, which falls in 2015 on Easter. Resurrection Day is my most favorite day of the whole year, when our salvation was secured over 2,000 years ago.

Passover is a commemoration of the time when God freed the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and brought the famous ten plagues down on Pharaoh who refused to let the people go. You probably know the story, but if you don’t, now would be a good time to read up on it. You’ll find the story in Exodus in the Bible. The story includes the favorite part of Moses parting the Red Sea so that the Israelites could cross on dry land, and then bringing the sea crashing down to drown Pharaoh’s army when they tried to follow.

Here’s a cheat sheet to the order of the Seder. I hope you decide to join us this year and remember the roots of our faith as we celebrate the deliverance of God’s people from slavery to Egypt and slavery to sin.

A traditional Seder table.

Seder service order

KADESH – the Benediction

With the first of four cups of wine, we recite the kiddush. We are reclining to eat the whole meal.
Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth the fruit of the vine. Amen.

URCHATZ – Purification

Our hands are washed in the ritually correct way, but without reciting the blessing. This is because the next step is dipping the karpas, which is done without utensils.

KARPAS -the Appetizer

Although it may not seem particularly appetizing, a piece of boiled potato or onion are the appetizer, which we dip in salt water, after saying the blessing over the vegetables.
Praised are you, Adonai, Ruler of the Universe, who brings forth the fruit of the earth. Amen.
The salt water symbolizes the tears of the Jews in Egypt.

YACHATZ – Breaking the Matzah

Three pieces of matzah are used during the Seder. They have piercings and stripes on them which remind us of the pierced hands and feet and stripes on the body of Jesus. Two pieces are left whole and one is broken in half, symbolizing Jesus’ body, broken for us. Half of it is hidden inside a napkin, symbolizing Jesus’ burial. It is saved to become the afikoman, or last morsel eaten.

MAGGID – the Haggadah

At this point, the Seder tray is moved aside and the poor are invited in to join the family. A second cup of wine is drunk.

Now comes the most interesting part of the Seder ceremony, the haggadah or telling of the Exodus story. The story includes a brief history of the Jews, the time of their slavery in Egypt, the plagues and the miracles God did on their behalf.

Traditionally, the youngest child asks four questions about why the family is celebrating this day in this particular way, and you must know the story to answer the questions. This is how the traditions were passed from generation to generation, as each child at one point is the youngest. Here are the four questions:

1. On all other nights we eat leavened or unleavened bread; why on this night do we eat only unleavened bread?
2. On all other nights we eat all kinds of herbs; why on this night only bitter herbs?
3. On all other nights we do not dip our herbs even once; why on this night do we dip them twice?
4. On all other nights we eat either sitting up or reclining; why on this night do we all recline?
The answers to these questions can be found in Exodus 13:14.

ROCHTZAH – the Washing before the Meal

After the second cup of wine is drunk comes the traditional washing of the hands, along with the customary blessing in thanks for bread.
Blessed are you, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the ground. Amen.

MOTZI MATZAH – the Eating of the Matzah

Hold all three pieces of the matzot together, with the broken one between the two whole ones. Let the bottom matzah fall back onto the plate and recite the special prayer over them.
[God] who has sanctified us with His commands and commanded us to eat matzah.

Then, breaking off at least an ounce of each matzah, eat them together.

MAROR -the Bitter Herbs

Break off at least an ounce of the bitter herbs and dip it in charoset, shake it off, and eat it while standing. This symbolizes that the Jews had to be ready to flee in a moment, that there was no time to sit down to a meal (which is also why the bread is unleavened, besides the fact that leaven represents sin). Bless the herbs by saying [God] who sanctifies us by His commandments and has commanded us to eat bitter herbs.

KORECH – the Sandwich

Once again reclining, break off at least two ounces of the bottom matzah and make a sandwich with the bitter herbs between the one ounce pieces of matzah and eat it.

SULCHAN ORECH – the Feast

Now the feast begins, starting with hard boiled eggs dipped in salt water. This is a festive time and many delicious foods are served. Next week, I’ll post a list of recipes for your Seder meal.

TZAFUN – Finding the Matzah

After the feast, the children search for the afikoman, the half matzah that an adult may have hidden for this part of the Seder, or it is taken out of the napkin wherein it was wrapped, and eaten. This half of the matzah represents the risen Christ. (In Jewish culture, it represents the sacrificed Passover lamb, which Christ is!) It is the last thing eaten, and nothing else will be eaten or drunk except the last two cups of wine.

Here’s where the Christian Seder departs from the Hebrew one, because the last two cups of wine are drunk in anticipation of Elijah and the Messiah. Since Jesus said Elijah had already come in John the Baptist and Jesus is Himself the Messiah, we drink the wine in anticipation of Christ’s return, saying blessings and ending our feast with singing praise songs to God.

Next week I’ll post some Passover foods, and the week after suggestions for decorating. The final week, I’ll post children’s games and crafts.