What’s my Passover Shtick? Disney. I incorporate a Disney theme yearly into my Passover Seder because the host in my residence to attempt to sprinkle a bit little bit of Disney into our vacation. Every year I attempt to add a bit extra or one thing completely different. Our household observes Passover at residence, so for our Disney fandom way of life this vacation is not any exception.
This 12 months Passover begins the night of April 19, 2019. Many households will take part in a Passover Seder probably Friday evening (four/19), Saturday evening (four/20) or each relying on custom. Briefly, the Seder is a studying of the story of Passover in English and/or Hebrew by way of songs, blessings, and passages at a desk with household and pals — within the residence or a group place such a synagogue or group heart — which features a Passover meal (sometimes maztah, minus bread, wine, meat, desserts).
Many households share traditions of meals and the conduct of the Seder will range relying on household heritage (from Jap European or Center Jap descent) or sect of faith you observe (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform). In case you are unfamiliar and excited by studying extra consult with this text. There can be some who host the Seder and a few who could also be company. As a bunch, I’ll share with you my Disneyfied Seder (sometimes on evening two after the extra conventional one). Smatterings of Disney make it extra useful for youngsters — and admittedly adults — to take a seat for prolonged intervals of time, particularly if observing for 2 nights. And if you’re a Disney household, it provides a bit little bit of enjoyment to the night.
Mickey and Seder Desk
Yep, Mickey is right here, at our Seder. Together with our common traditions of Judaica and delightful older desk settings I adorn the desk with Disney wine glasses (https://www.shopdisney.com/mickey-mouse-icon-wine-glass-by-arribas-personalizable-1311129 or https://www.etsy.com/market/disney_wine_glass), and assign seating utilizing Disney photograph clip frames (https://www.etsy.com/market/disney_photo_holder or https://www.shopdisney.com/minnie-mouse-photo-clip-frame-1447726). Within the room I subtly place Disney’s Prince of Egypt DVD, Disney centerpieces (https://household.disney.com/search/passover/), a Kermit the Frog stuffed animal or figurine (to symbolize one of many ten plagues). I may even use small Disney bowls for serving specialty meals gadgets (https://www.shopdisney.com/walt-disney-world-mini-bowl-set-Three-pc-1439310). I may even place Disney-themed yarmulkes (“kippot” in Hebrew) for individuals who put on on the desk. There are lots of on-line with a fast google search, Etsy is my favourite place to search out them. Some relations will put on their ears or princess birthday crown hats so as to add to the theming.
Songs and Video games
All through the retelling of the story of the Exodus on the Passover Seder, we use the Haggadah (a e book) to assist information us with the songs, blessings, and commentaries all through the night. Over time, some discover the repetition of the tunes boring and alter it as much as tunes that can be fashionable and relatable (I’ve seen some for the Hamilton Broadway present theme, for instance) however the story will nonetheless be the identical, only a livening up by way of modern-day songs. The songs will be conventional however we additionally mash up completely different tunes and a few of them are Disney themed. There are additionally enjoyable YouTube movies that we are able to watch (sometimes not that night however the previous to it, to get excited for the Seder evening) which have been Disney altered to inform the story by way of fashionable or child-friendly eyes. And sure, Frozen is certainly one among them. Some are known as parodies. One well-liked one was in 2014, however there are quite a few others on-line. Through the Seder, there are variations of lyrics to Disney tunes to make the night extra relatable to kids in addition to adults. It’s principally a night of what Walt Disney created his basis on: storytelling. It shouldn’t be an evening or two of boredom or previous tunes persons are bored by, however telling the story of the Exodus in any manner that can curiosity the youthful generations to repeat it 12 months after 12 months.
The standard recreation we play throughout the Seder round dinner hour is discovering the Afikomen. The Afikomen, a chunk of matzah hidden in a serviette, is hidden within the residence and somebody akin to the youngsters or the grandfather tries to search out it — a scavenger hunt. As soon as discovered, in our home we go out small items as custom and eat a chunk of the matzah discovered.
So, what can be a small present for a Disney-themed Passover? I purchase Disney present playing cards, pins, stickers, puzzles, and ssshhhhh…this 12 months I purchased my dad one recycled Disney parks bag from every park (he loves recycled baggage)! Bingo can be a recreation that may be included in between Seder traditions in addition to trivia.
It’s changing into extra frequent for a lot of households to include their spring breaks and Passover week on Disney property and simpler to search out Seders at native motels in addition to kosher for Passover meals gadgets. For individuals who keep residence it is usually doable to deliver Disney into your Seder and Passover week (ever strive Mickey matzah pizza?) to maintain the Seder from getting stale and proceed the custom of storytelling 12 months after 12 months in relatable and fascinating methods. And on the conclusion of the Seder, whereas many people say historically, “Subsequent 12 months in Jerusalem,” somebody inevitably will whisper, “and Disney World!”