Good Friday Traditions

I really look forward to Easter... and no, it's not because I'm what you'd call Religious per se.

Unless you consider strictly adhering to two traditons a Religion, though.

Then I am. Oh yeah.

No, my giddiness involves two activites our family has upheld for years:

1) Painting Easter eggs.

Daughter's Easter EggA full-day affair; for we don't simply dip each egg in solid colors.

Oh no. I have to make it complicated, messy and time-consuming.

Daughter and I go full-out: I carefully blow out real chicken eggs for our Ukranian style decoration, using melted beeswax and six highly-stainable food dye colors.

All the while, futilely attempting to keep little feline paws OUT of the six highly-stainable food dye colors.

Yoda EggEach year I also hand-draw and paint a few eggs; using an airbrush, acrylic or even oil paint. I have done Star Wars eggs, Captain Jack Sparrow and cartoon eggs, whichever obsession er theme I decide upon that year.

Yup, they are works of art that I haul out of storage each year to display with pride.

Unless of course, they become sad victims of Feline Abuse... stealthly abducted from their basket on the table and batted about the floor until they are smashed into hundreds of tiny eggshell shards.

The other tradition?

2) Watching Jesus Christ Superstar.

Whilst trying, in vain, to NOT sing along to each and every line I know by heart.

At full volume.

To my family's horror.

I fell in love with this movie (and Ted Neeley) back in the early 70's when I first saw it in the theatre.

And since both daughter and I met "Jesus" after the stage show in 2007, it's a movie we hold near and dear to our hearts.

Actually, last year was my second time meeting Ted... back in the 90's I was ushered backstage to meet both he and Carl Anderson (RIP, Judas) too.

Hugs from Teddy in 2007
And I even admitted to him that during the show, I was singing along with every word.

At full volume.

Much to my family's horror.


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Irene said...

Maureen, you are a wild woman! That is all I can say about you as I picture you madly singing along while delicately hand painting easter eggs.It must be a lot of fun to hang out with you.

Ann(ie) said...

FUN!! I love Easter, too. We're going to the zoo for brunch and an easter egg hunt. And then to my mom's for mimosa's. Booze is always involved in my family.


Jill said...

Such pretty eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a great Easter!!!!

Angelo azzurro said...

Every year I hand-paint easter eggs too! And it's so much fun, I admit! And that movie remind me how much I appreciated those songs!! I am as old as you are...

Happy Easter!

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Wow, you are quite the talented artist! The extent of our decorating involves 8 glasses of Paas dye on the kitchen table. But still a tradition nonetheless!

And cool deal. How many people can say they've met Jesus!

Ed & Jeanne said...

I just have to crack up laughing thinking of you singing at full volume. Reminds me of the scene in Tommy Boy where they are suddenly singing to a Carpenter's song in the car full volume with tears rolling down their eyes. That just makes me laugh....

Megan said...

Awesome eggs! I want to see all the hand painted ones.

I know many of the songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, but I haven't actually seen the musical. Maybe I should rent it this weekend. Hmm...

Creative-Type Dad said...

WOW!! Those are some fancy eggs.

Bruce Johnson said...

I hide in the garage and eat lots of ham....that is what the holiday is all about, right? There is supposed to be some religious significance associated to it? News To Me.

Maureen said...

Sweet Irene: I don’t know about wild, but I DO embarrass those around me… is that close enough??

Ann(ie): Ooohhhh… I love the Zoo. Too bad we still have a lot of snow on the ground… it makes egg hunting near-impossible.

Jill: Thank you! Have a great Easter as well!

Angelo: Yes, it seems you’re never too old to paint eggs… Happy Easter to you too!

Jeff: Aw, shucks, thanks. Met Jesus twice and lived to tell about it at least!

VE: I haven’t seen Tommy Boy! Now I’m going to have to… ;)

Megan: Thanks! JCS is one of my favorites… it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love the power of their voices, the styles and sayings from 1973… the mix of old and new. It was / is groovy fun!

Creative-Type Dad: Gosh, you’re sweet! Thanks!

Lotus07: Hide in the garage? Away from the family gathering perchance? Yeah, I’m baking a ham this year too… a big sucka with a brown sugar merlot sauce. Yummy. Isn’t that what holidays are for? To eat, eat, eat and then eat some more???

Phoenix5 said...

When my kids were younger, we tried dipping eggs... with no great success! I even tried one of the "oily" ideas where you're supposed to get the colours swirling around each other... nope... didn't happen either. This year, the only eggs in view were the ones on my plate... YUMMY!

Loved the way you wrote this, and I like the way you put in the crossed out word to poke fun at yourself. Had to laugh out loud at your description of "Feline Abuse!"

Your Yoda egg is AWESOME! You have some major talent!

Oh yeah... thanks alot! Now I have the main theme for JCS running through my head! Never saw the movie, but heard that song many times in the late 70's and 80's. I still find myself spontaneously humming it at totally random moments! Now I'm gonna be stuck with it all day...

Lynn said...

Holy Cow! those eggs are incredible. They must take forever to paint. You are an very talented artist. I know here we use about 3 different dye kits, and make a mess. Should I mention that I'm also doing with kids that are 25,21,18 and 16! They get more on themselves!

Now as for the singing... I would do that also and my kids would yell at me, telling me I'm singing off key... I really don't think so though. They are crazy. I sound great (cough,cough) I'm sure,lol.

Have a wonderful Easter!

Bradley's Mom said...

Have a wonderful Holiday, Maureen!!


Casdok said...

You met Jesus!!
Love your eggs!
Happy Easter!

Canadian flake said...

The eggs sound are totally gifted.

Have a great Easter.

LunaNik said...

Wow. Your eggs are AMAZING!

(Never in my life did I ever think I would be complimenting another woman's eggs)

And I have never seen Jesus Christ Superstar. I KNOW...can you believe it???

toners said...

ROFL!! Love it!! Your eggs are gorgeous :)

Momo Fali said...

Master egg painter you are.

Jesus Christ Superstar?!! I knew I liked you! I sing those songs all year long.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

Sounds a lot like my family!

My parents' tradition? Waking up my sister and I to The Sound Of Music soundtrack. To this day, they still call us up and play it loudly over the phone.

the frogster said...

The Yoda egg is the coolest thing I've ever seen.

Though I saw a trailer for Wall-E yesterday, and I'm pretty pumped about that.

Aimeslee Winans said...

another omg, girl, you doth reveal yourself in March! Awesome artistic talent there. And I so remember that dude and that musical, man, that and Hair and Tommy. Good memories, huh?

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