Today I am stepping away from my usual posts to discuss something that has been on my mind over the weekend. A conundrum that I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around. A topic of discussion that has me quite perplexed and spurred an interesting conversation with one of my favorite Crazy Aunties.
So with the proverbial tongue in cheek, let’s talk about the trouble with ham.
The trouble with ham is that I don’t really understand it.
Every year, on tables across the world, families have the “special treat” of ham for their Easter dinner. What’s with that?
Growing up in Minnesota we had ham every single year for Easter. Ham, green bean casserole, barley casserole, jello salad, scalloped potatoes and of course some kind of roll. And everyone loved it! Except me.
The thing about ham is that I don’t really understand the fascination. I mean, it seems to me to be a lot like a hot dog. Precooked meat that just needs to be heated up.Isn't ham a lot like a hot dog? Precooked meat that needs heating? Click To Tweet
I remember when I was younger and much more gullible. My family had me fooled into thinking the ham was a very special dinner. I was deceived into assuming it took hours and hours to cook and all.
Truth is, ham is a hoax. Any idiot can cook one. I’m pretty sure you could just put it in the microwave if you like.
And is there really any difference between the spiral bone-in hams and deli ham? My family has ham sandwiches all the time – nothing special. Just sliced a bit thinner, right?
I suppose there is some symbolism there. The celebration of the New Testament and the power of Christ and our freedom from Old Testament law.
“And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud,
is unclean to you.”
To be clear, I truly believe in Jesus Christ and am Saved by the blood of the lamb. I do not wish to diminish His Ultimate Sacrifice in any way!
What is the deal with ham?
To add some insult to injury, did you know that ham is actually the hind end of the pig? Next time you are having that deliciously, special ham dinner, just remember you are having pig butt. 🙂
I propose that we approach this symbolic meal differently next year. Let’s go with the middle portion of the pig. This still allows us to celebrate the freedom from the laws of the Old Testament and enjoy a tasty meal!
Let’s have BLT’s! What could be better?
- Yummy bacon (to honor the ultimate sacrifice and freedom from the law)
- Fresh, green lettuce (in honor of the Easter Bunny, of course)
- Ripe red tomato (to celebrate spring and the first fruits of the season)
Are you in?
Happy Easter! I do hope you are blessed during this truly wonderful season! 🙂