Hosting Passover Seder

What’s the one thing you remember from your Passover Seder? I remember the food, the aromas, the laughter and of course the family and friends who come together to celebrate.

I remember my mother’s matzo balls, gefilte fish, my sister’s brisket, my mother-in-law’s heavenly kosher for passover chocolate concoctions. Being married is difficult during the holidays; both our families host and we have to alternate who we celebrate with.

My husband’s Bubbie has hosted a dinner in the same place for as many years as I can remember. She makes chicken soup with matzo balls and gefilte fish … those are her special touches. We look forward to seeing her, hubby’s uncles, their families and being together.

On my side of the family, my mom and sister trade off hosting. They always help each other and sometimes [hubby and] I help as well.

Last year, we didn’t go anywhere since Sophia was so young and Seder fell on a weeknight. Hubby didn’t have enough vacation days at work, Sophia was very little and so we stayed home. I am not even sure we had matzo ball soup. We were disappointed and a little lonely, and vowed to celebrate with our family next (this) year.

First night of Passover fell on a Monday (yesterday) this year, and yet again, a trip up north to Delaware/Pennsylvania seemed rather difficult. Instead of missing out on the festivities, we decided to host here in Maryland. It was quite an undertaking and I was a little apprehensive about it. Since it was our first Seder in this house, we decided to have two other firsts: first time using our nice china and first time using silverware that Bubbie gifted us for the wedding.


The attendees were my parents, hubby’s parents and his two grandmothers and my sister, brother-in-law and nephew. The menu was a smorgasbord of jewish delicacies including my mother’s homemade gefilte fish, mother-in-laws flour-less chocolate cake, Bubbie’s brownies, my chicken soup with matzo balls and, of course, the brisket. It was a great time.




A lot of work, a lot of smiles, laughter, memories remembered from holidays past and new ones made. I am ready for a weekend … 🙂 too bad it is Tuesday. Will I do this again? yes, absolutely.


  1. Dana said:

    Happy Passover!

    March 26, 2013
    • Nadya said:

      Happy Passover to you too! … and a Happy Belated Birthday to Little Libby.

      March 26, 2013
      • Dana said:

        Oh, it’s not belated at all. Actually, it’s today! So, you right on time 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

        March 28, 2013

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