I like to think that we live in a reasonably logical world, but every year at Easter time, I realize there’s almost no rhyme or reason when it comes to people’s behavior.
Case in point? Easter dinner.
Now, Easter, as we all know, is a celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ was . . . a devout Jew.
That means, obviously, that Jesus adhered to all the strict laws of kosher food preparation and restrictions. And one of the biggest taboos for Jews who keep kosher is pork.
So, why is it that every year, Christians all over the world rush to the grocery store to buy . . . ham???
You see, in my family, we usually ate turkey at Easter, mostly because I hate the stench of ham so much, I refused even to taste it before I was twenty-four years old (and that’s when I realized I’d been right all along—ham truly is a vile concoction!).
It was only after I became an adult that I noticed all these silly Christians celebrating the savior’s sacrifice by cooking a meal that Jesus, the presumed guest of honor, COULD NOT EVEN EAT!
It makes no sense at all, and I can’t help but think that if I were Jesus, I’d be a little bit peeved. (Then again, I DO tend to get ticked off in general a lot more than Jesus ever did.)
So, I implore you. Be logical, be kosher, and skip the bizarre and profoundly nonsensical Easter ham this year (mostly so I don’t have to endure the rancid smell of dozens of hams cooking from the open windows of every home in my neighborhood).
Thanking you in advance. Happy Easter!