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Whatever time you start, apologise for being late, but contrast the situation to other people's tradition which would have been even later.

Argue whether you should avoid eating things like rice which are absolutely definitely not leavened bread, but there is a tradition of avoiding them. Agree that everyone coming to the seder agree that you shouldn't avoid them, but decide to avoid them anyway just in case.

Don't eat anything until you're explicitly told to eat it. Don't finish any cup of wine until the last one.

Announce how Rabbi Hillel invented the sandwich.

"Seder" originally comes from Hebrew meaning "Judiciously skip ahead without telling anyone the page number because everyone has different books"

Try have everyone recite things in unison using different translations.

Explain the story of the first passover and the exodus from egypt, but repeating that every year would get a bit repetitive after several thousand years, so spend most of the time telling stories about other people telling the story.

Argue whether parting the red sea and letting the israelites get halfway across and then stopping and letting the water roll back over them could reasonably be construed as "sufficient" or not.

Tell everyone you don't usually exchange presents before exchanging presents.

Sing the jewish version of Partridge in a Pear Tree, starting "One is our God, in heaven and on earth."

Just when you've got used to switching between english and hebrew, to shake things up, there's suddenly an aramaic forerunner of House That Jack Built, that ends with God destroying

Sing the jewish version of the House that Jack Build about a little goat, that ends with God destroying the angel of death.

The year you first came was the first time people did the animal noises while singing, but because it's been every year you've been there, you're firmly convinced that's a tradition about eighteen hundred years old.

Comment that that's a recent addition to the passover liturgy (recent in this context meaning "a continuous tradition of barely more than 400 years").

Stay up too late discussing different interpretations.

Date: 2017-04-13 03:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait
Oooh, I spotted the fake tradition! It's the one where you finish the last cup of wine. Actually, when the last cup is poured, you pour from your water glass into a separate glass because everyone forgot that Elijah likes to hang with Miriam and Miriam is grumpy when she's dehydrated, right?

Date: 2017-04-16 09:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait
Apparently the reason I thought that was fake was because I thought last meant fifth but apparently Jack meant fourth.

Date: 2017-04-13 04:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seekingferret
http://archiveofourown.org/works/10141139

'In each shuttle, there was a grandfather or uncle who recited the obligatory joke: "This was the first sandwich, in fact we should really call sandwiches Hillels." The members of the family groaned and laughed apppropriately, as was their custom.'