Friday, April 11, 2014

Matzoh & Palms

image from Papyrus
Will you be celebrating Palm Sunday or preparing for Passover this weekend? We sent my parents-in-law this Passover card because I couldn't resist it -- the size and coloring is a perfect replica of matzoh.

Speaking of Jewish and Christian holidays, I knew that Christians use palms because they represent the palms that welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem, but did you know that it was specifically a Jewish custom to welcome people with palms? I had no idea, but I love learning about ways different religions have influenced each other and affect the customs we use today.

Palm Sunday is my favorite of all the holidays to sing at church. In the church I grew up in, it was the only mass all of the verses were sung instead of read, and almost everything was done a cappella. Everyone would process into the church together, and it felt special to be part of the choir that lead the congregation in. Plus, we came home with palms that my grandfather could twist up into a cross for us.

Unfortunately, he died before teaching me to tie a palm into a cross, so for years my palms sat as they had grown, long and straight. Last year, however, I realized I could ask the internet how to tie a palm into a cross, and was amazed to find out how easy it is. It's so much easier than folding paper into origami, which is lucky for me since my origami always looks lopsided.

I think the pictures from ehow are the easiest to follow. If the first fold is about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of the palm, the rest of the folds will line up easily for a proportional cross. Bend the palm gently through the first four steps so that the lengths can be adjusted if necessary. Also, if making the cross without scissors, say, maybe during mass, just twist the point around and around in an "X" shape at the end. Instead of cutting it off, it can be tucked into the back.

Happy Holidays!

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