Trivia for hosting Easter dinner
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Trivia You Can Share When Hosting Easter Dinner

Hosting Easter dinner this year? Kudos to you! I’m sticking to a fun Easter brunch, but you dinner-hosters have my admiration. Do you have the whole family coming over? A bunch of friends? No one? Those are all fine choices, although I personally like the idea of someone hosting a fabulous Easter dinner and then refusing to invite anyone to it. If I wasn’t married…

Anyway, I’m not here to give you a whole bunch of tips on what to wear and how to decorate, although if you needed to know that I’d say clothes and minimally. Instead, I thought I’d provide you with a little information about food. Were you aware that Easter is a religious holiday? I bet you were! According to Gallup’s last Easter poll, about 60% of people in the US go to church on Easter. I will vouch for this. I used to live two streets away from a church, yet somehow on Easter my whole street would be filled with the cars of lost souls who forgot how to park at a church since they only attended once a year. Religious holidays come with all kinds of traditions and meanings, so if you’re going to be hosting Easter dinner, you might as well know what tradition you’re following.

Hosting Easter Dinner with Lamb

traditional Easter lamb

If you are serving lamb this meal, you’re serving the most Christian of all the traditional Easter foods. If there was meat at the Last Supper, this was it. It’s weirdly also the most Jewish of all the traditional foods, because it’s usually part of Passover. What I’m saying is, lamb at Easter dinner is a religious thing. Not religious? That’s okay. It’s still delicious. Personally, if I was cooking Easter dinner this year, I’d be going with lamb. My son is too young to care what he eats, so I might as well enjoy this tasty meat while I have the opportunity. Never cooked it? I suggest something like this basic rosemary recipe. It’s pretty common to season your lamb with rosemary, so you might as well start with the basics.

Why You’re Serving Ham

Americans ham Easter dinner

Eating ham this Easter? Oh hey! You must be American! If I’m not mistaken, Easter has something to do with Jesus, and that guy was a Jew. I bet he wasn’t eating ham.  So how did it get involved in all this mess? Basically, it’s just what was around. Easter takes place in the spring, and back before globalization and climate change, you couldn’t get everything fresh every time of year. Germans started serving ham because they could slaughter pigs in the winter and then keep it until spring. This spread throughout northern Europe, and they brought pigs over to the Americas, and we’ve been obsessed with pork ever since. If you’re going to cook one yourself, I say something simple like this would be fine. More time to work on your sides!

What’s the Deal with the Eggs

My sister is always curious about this one. I guess she forgets every year, because I have told her repeatedly. A long time ago, Christianity was not the dominant religion, so Easter wouldn’t have been a huge deal to everyone. But, that doesn’t mean non-Christians didn’t have their own religions. They did – and a lot of them celebrated spring. Once Christianity started growing, traditions started getting combined. There was one goddess of rebirth who had a symbol of a rabbit laying eggs. Her name? Eostre. So, Eostre became Easter, and now we’re stuck with this random goddess in the middle of a Christian holiday. Fascinating, right?

Alright! Now you’re pumped full of information about Easter. It doesn’t matter what kind of tradition you follow. Have a barbecue, skip Easter altogether, eat your lamb and ham and eggs, or cook up some dish that your family has passed down forever. What does matter is that you have fun and know more about the meal than everyone else.  πŸ™‚ Get out there, play smarty-pants and answer any food-related questions that come up while you’re hosting Easter dinner.

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19 Comments

  1. Kristy says:

    Love the Trivia ideas for Easter dinner

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Thank you Kristy!

  2. Love how you write, I had a little giggle while reading your post, which I love! Thank you for the little Ester “history” πŸ™‚ very interesting!

    PS: that lamb look delicious!

    Perrine
    http://www.ola-banana.com

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Great post! I’d love to host a dinner this Easter, do you have any good ideas for what to host for a vegan dinner party? Would be great if you had some recommendations! πŸ’š

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Sure! If you’re going to keep it with my “trivia” dishes, you’ll want to do something from Biblical times of course. It’s also spring so it’s best to keep it in season. I like the idea of a carrot soup, a lentil loaf (or something to that effect), and something with asparagus. For a bonus: artichokes the way we have them now probably didn’t exist back then, but they would have something similar. So, perhaps braised baby artichokes?

  4. Eating ham this Easter? Oh hey! You must be American!

    I literally laughed at this, but yeah.. This one is probably American at the most as ham isn’t really mandatory here in Indonesia. But good to know where it comes from! πŸ™‚

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      You know we Americans have to be different. πŸ™‚

  5. Love this! No family here! We are definitely doing dinner! πŸ’—

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Hope it goes well!

  6. I had no idea about any of these. I’m going to quiz my parents for sure, they won’t know any of this and will be impressed with my knowledge. πŸ˜€

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Have fun! I always enjoy being the know-it-all myself. πŸ™‚

  7. Interesting post on Easter! I’ve never had lamb before but it sounds really good..

  8. We love serving lamb for Easter Dinner. Your lamb looks amazing!

  9. Wonderful trivia ideas for Easter dinner, I loved explanations provided for all the dinner ideas. It was fun to read them! πŸ™‚

  10. What a cool idea! Thanks for the trivia to share!!!

  11. This post cracked me up! Growing up, my dad was the pastor of our tiny little church. It was always packed on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday LOL and practically empty the rest of the year. I don’t know why I never questioned the ham tradition…

    1. Beth Davidson says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! My husband is one of those Easter church people, I don’t understand it. If you only want to go once a year, does it have to be a holiday? Do those services somehow count more than other ones?

  12. This is a funny post! You’re right about one thing, I bet Jesus didn’t eat ham!

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