The internet has been ablaze this week preparing for today, as it’s not only Easter Sunday, not only the middle of Passover (Didja remember to sell all your chametz?), but also a holiday with which I was previously unfamiliar called “420”.  (Judging from the pictures I’ve seen online, I think it’s a celebration of Popeye’s birthday, celebrated by seeing who can grow the tallest spinach plants?  Bygones…)  The intersection of these various celebrations has led to an agglomeration of traditionall ceremonies, as well as a general scarcity of chocolate eggs, matzoh and Fritos.  For my part, while I enjoy the Easter basket tradition, the aging of the children with whom I interact has led to fewer cool Easter egg hunts, and as for 420, I can never tear the top of the can with my teeth, leading us to today’s celebratory query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) used to love Halloween as a child, because of the local who would give out calaveras, sugar-candies in the shape of skulls, which seemed otherwise unavailable in small-town Kansas, asking: What’s your favorite holiday treat/tradition?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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2 Comments

  1. Ingrid LJ
    April 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm — Reply

    This is tough, because I love holiday traditions. And holiday treats. But with this being Easter weekend and all, I remembered my mother used to make pashka for Easter, and that has got to be my favorite holiday treat ever. Pashka is Russian, and is kind of like a rich cheesecake. It was always so good, I would savor every bite trying to make it last as long as possible. And would try not to lick my plate clean, at least if we had company over.

  2. April 21, 2014 at 1:49 am — Reply

    Every year we make my favourite, horribly unhealthy snack at Christmas – Holly Berry Cookies

    Basically just corn / frosted flakes coated in marshmallow and green food dye, formed into wreaths with some cinnamon candies stuck into them.

    My grandma used to make them when I was little and I started doing it again about five years ago.

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