Butter Lamb for Easter: Traditional or Wacky?

To those of you who have never heard of an Easter butter sculpture, I can guess that you will already be leaning toward believing butter molded to look like a lamb might be a little wacky. But for the rest of us who grew up knowing such a tradition as normal, Easter butter sculptures seem akin with a holiday ham. Does your Easter tradition involve a butter lamb?

As a Midwesterner, I’ve come to expect boxes of butter lambs on grocery shelves as Easter approaches. Some versions are prettier than others, including little ribbons and crosses, but they are displayed front and center in the dairy aisle. So, when a friend posted a photo of one of these grocery store displays on Facebook this week questioning the butter lamb’s very existence, I felt conflicted. I wanted to explain that these are commonplace in some parts of the country. However, the concept started getting under my skin and, having never purchased one, I suddenly started to question the molding of butter.

The butter lamb is a Polish-Catholic tradition, so I’m told, but it is fully embraced by the same Midwestern folk who have butter sculpture competitions on display at their local and state fairs (full disclosure: I am one of these Midwestern folks). Created using a plastic mold, the butter is shaped and displayed, often on a pretty plate, on the Easter dinner table.

Although I don’t partake in the butter lamb tradition, I can’t quite go against my roots and dismiss it as wacky. What’s wrong with a little butter sculpture for Easter?

Do you serve a butter lamb for Easter? Do you dismiss it as wacky?

(Image: Wegmans.com)