Look, I'm not saying that your seder sucks. I'm just saying that you are a modern Jew, and it's time to amp up your seder game. You may be dreading getting together with family you haven't seen since before you gained that 10 pounds of "I have a desk job weight" (no, Aunt Sheila, I'm not pregnant), but there are a fair amount of reasons to love Passover. Matzo aside, here are 10 ways to ensure your seder celebrates the fact that you are free.
1. Know that not All Kosher For Passover Foods Were Created Equally
Time to go shopping.
2. Get a good kosher wine
3. Make DIY Haggadahs
Does the fact that the Jews were slaves make you think of any current humanitarian crises? Do you want to figure out how to help? Cool — discuss. That's what we do.
4. Make Up Songs!
Anyway, my friend and I wrote something that was like "This is the story of some Jews/who cried a river and had lots of blues." We put the story into a song, and the seder became fused with pop music. No better way to honor our Jewish heritage than by practicing our songwriting skills.
5. Mix Traditions
Sure, we love our traditions. Look no further:
But it's never too late to incorporate new traditions — or better yet, other people's traditions. If someone from another family comes to your seder, have that person bring one of his or her traditions, even if it seems a little different ... like, I don't know, doing The Electric Slide when it's time for Elijah's Cup.
6. Passover-Inspired Cocktails, Anyone?
7. Be A Kid For The Night ... Sort Of
8. Act Out The Story of Passover
9. Be Kind To Your Family...
10. ... And Pour Yourself Another Glass Of Wine