Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Ham.

well, it's easter sunday. derek is gonna go to church with us today. sometimes he has to work on sundays, but his work is closed on easter. isn't that nice? anyway, his mom might also come with us to church. she goes to a different ward at a different time, but she said she'd be up late last night, so she may come with us since ours is later. church starts at 11am for us. that's my favorite time. not too early, don't need an alarm to wake up, but not too late so you lose the whole day. after church we're gonna go to derek's mom's and have dinner. we're gonna eat ham. i was wondering why people eat ham on easter so i looked it up. turns out there is no religious significance at all, christian, pagan, or otherwise. it turns out that back in the day the romans used to bury their pork near the sea to get a salty cure in the fall. it took so long to cure that it wasn't ready until spring. it just happened to be around eastertime so it was a convenient. this tradition of eating pork in the spring, or more to the point, easter, has been around for thousands of years. the early american settlers continued this tradition, brought over from europe. it's amazing to me that this tradition has survived into this day and age when we can get pork at any time of the year. well, at least it's a tasty tradition.

5 comments:

ann said...

We were just talking about this today as we were eating ham :)

greenolive said...

On my mission the traditional Easter meal was ham of course and fresh horseradish and eggs.

Duke said...

I always wondered that. :)

I love Easter. Mostly cause I love eggs, and Easter eggs always make the best looking egg salad!

EmmaP said...

ham is good. And I don't care for turkey. So, sometimes If we had ham for thanksgiving and again on Christmas then I do something like a pork loin roast for Easter... though it's still pork, hehehe!

greenolive said...

I love ham. Ruthykins, can you talk our sister into blogging. I love getting updates from everybody else and I wish she would do one. Oh, and my kids like it when I read your blogs because they like your music selection.