Going to your first seder this year? Have no fear.

A little smiling and nodding can go a long way.

Whether you're a non-Jew dating a Jew, an interested friend from a different, less chosen faith, or a Jew who has been to a million seders and still feels confused, I'm here to help. As a currently non-practicing Jew from Long Island whose uncle is a rabbi, I'm a bit of an expert.

1. Just Accept All the Weird Stuff on the Table Without Questioning It.

Don't worry about it.

Anyone who's ever been to a seder knows the table is going to be covered in some crazy stuff. Some of it will be food; some of it won't be. It may not be clear which is which. Sometimes there is food hidden in ornate ceramics that you wouldn't expect to find food inside of.