No Ham Easter

I’m finding my aversion to holidays is less strong in Turkey.  Partially, it’s because I’m not overwhelmed with teaching and toting kids around and always craving more time in every day; therefore, spending hours prepping only to undo that prep work a short time later feels, well, less pissy-offy in this year of expansive time and drifty days.  Even more, I have enjoyed the holidays this year because they often feel like our best touchstones to the culture back home–and apparently my contrarian self has to be out of the culture to feel any desire to honor it.  As well, the fact that we’ve spent every major holiday with our great friend Elaine (“Ileyn”) and her two kids has, most likely, been the principal reason I’ve not railed against the special days.  Elaine is an elementary school teacher, and she adores holidays, so in the face of her theme-based energy and boundless enthusiasm, I am powerless.  She’s excited?  The kids are excited?  There’s wine in the fridge to drink after it’s all over?

Okay.  If that’s the case, I’m good.  Stuff that turkey.  Deck them halls.  Dye them eggs.  Fill my glass.

Easter was a blast of dyeing, hunting, eating, sack and spoon racing…all carried out in a setting that was nothing, if not Once In A Lifetime.

Added bonus:  our friend Jim was visiting, and although he isn’t a kid person necessarily, he was an unflappable sport who even picked up the two-year-old a few times, calling out, “Do you see me with a toddler?   I’m watching a toddler.  You can make it stop any time.”

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11 Responses to No Ham Easter

  1. Aw! I wanna come to your party! Allegra looks so tall next to the younger girls! I’m using exclamation points! Are you coming home soon? I want to meet you all in real life. Exclamation point.

  2. Oops. Younger kids, I mean. Those sack races look like a lot of fun.

  3. Jazz says:

    If there’s wine I’m all over it. I’ll even do holidays for wine.

  4. Jess says:

    OOh, the eggs are so pretty!!! Easter’s way more fun with kids. Ours will be tonight when the little house-messer-uppers get home (finally!).

  5. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    Plus? It looks like an amazing place for an Easter egg hunt!

  6. Yep, I agree, as long as there’s wine, bring on the holidays! So, I’m curious, are all the eggs white in Turkey? We can pretty much only get brown eggs over here, which makes dyeing them much harder. And what did you use for egg dye? I just love the egg in the chain, that’s a tricky spot! Looks like you had a great time…and what a lovely place to celebrate Easter (or any other holiday for that matter)!

  7. Jocelyn says:

    We mostly see brown eggs, Theresa, but there are white ones available too. We were ready to waterpaint them, as Elaine does most years, but when I went to London in March, our friend Kirsten brought us an egg-dyeing kit from The States! The egg hidden in the chain is my favorite spot EVER.

  8. Deborah says:

    I thought I could escape this particular holiday since the one person to whom it matters left the country Sunday morning. Her brothers had other ideas, and so while our Easter dinner was ham-less, it still did get planned and executed.
    In times past, we’ve done Fake Easter when nobody was around on the day. I like that better, somehow.

  9. lime says:

    though i missed family during the holidays i loved not feeling obligated to meet the demands of other people during the holidays. it was nice to make them as elaborate or as simple as we wanted. glad to know you all had a fun time.

  10. lime says:

    ooooh, and i have to say….i think i might have liked to go up to one of those ancient, abandoned churches you’ve shown pictures of and have our own little sunrise service as a family. what an opportunity that would have been.

  11. christina says:

    I LOVE these photos! Makes me feel, just a tiny bit, like I was there with you all. Elaine is a holiday lifesaver, the enjoyment is most definitely infectious. Who knows, maybe next year will find you dressed up in a bunny costume in Duluth!

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