Tonight is the first night of Passover and, thanks to the helpful links supplied by Which Box, my seder will be truly complete, featuring ten nightmare-inducing finger puppets depicting the ten plagues visited upon the Egyptians (which, in case you've misplaced a plague or two, were: blood, frogs, lice, wild animals*, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and the death of the firstborn)
You can see a picture of all ten of the creepy little puppets here. Hail is incongruously cheery and the Lion (the token wild animal) is actually kind of cute. Darkness is a frowny-faced house, a marked improvement over its prior incarnation, which resembled nothing so much as a racist cartoon.
But the pockmarked Boils puppet is pretty nasty and the color and shape of Blood look like a used feminine hygiene product. And (the title of this blog notwithstanding) let's not even get into the macabre dead baby puppet.
In fact, there's apparently a whole cottage industry of plague-themed toys. Like these plague masks (check out the Xs for eyes on the Firstborn mask) and this bag of plagues ("After the ten plagues, Pharoah never learns. But after the bag o' plagues your children will never forget your "special" seder.")
Plus, the admittedly rather adorable ten plague bowling set whose description encourages you to just try to pick up (and I only wish I were kidding) a "hail/death of the firstborn split."
The traditional thing to say at the end of the seder is Next year in Jerusalem! However, this year, mine is going to end with Next year, the ten plagues in delicious Kosher (and parve!) dark chocolate! Although pricy, they look rather tasty. Well, except maybe the Boils.
*Or perhaps insects. Depending on how you translate arov