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Monday, March 18, 2013

I always wanted to be Irish

I'm not exactly sure when it started, but I wanted to be Irish. It must have been in high school when I had a lot of friends with Irish roots.

Growing up in a non-Irish family, we didn't have many traditions on St. Patrick's Day, except wearing green. My mom would threaten to pinch us if we didn't have green on. But Mom always loved a chance to celebrate, often preparing a green meal, rather than corned beef and cabbage.

This year, I've been considering traditions to start once we are parents. I can see making a big deal out of this holiday for a few reasons. An excuse to celebrate is always a good thing. When the winter seems long, as it does in the northeast, it's a welcome chance to do something fun. And St. Patrick was a pretty standup guy.

How will we celebrate St. Patty's Day a year from now? three years from now? I resisted the urge to buy a St Patrick's outfit for baby G next year, but will I be able to resist the clearance sales?

On Saturday, I went to a birthday party with an Irish Princess Prom theme (fun, right?) and brought home this bow tie for Milton.

If you have any St. Patty's traditions, please share!  I'm excited to think about how we'll celebrate in the future.


  1. I am Irish, my husband is not. He's Dutch. The Dutch tend to like to rain on the Irish St. Pats parade, so they wear orange. My kids choose based on what is in their closets each year.=)
    We eat corned beef, colcannon, carrots and soda bread. It really is a super easy and delicious meal.
    We also pull out black apples at this time of year- 2 parts hard cider to one part guinness.
    And, being runners, we run in the local Irish jig. We celebrate far too many of our holidays by running a race.=)

  2. i am SUPER irish hahaha full blooded on each side of my family. :) i usually make irish soda bread each year but just couldn't get myself to do it this year.

  3. That is so cute. My family loves celebrating St. Patrick's Day. My dad is a guitarist and had an Irish jig for each of us kids and we would dance to it. :) We don't have any big traditions though, just always wish each other luck and if we can go to a live festival for Irish dancing.

  4. irish princess prom? haha dare I ask?

    I am not irish and never really had any desire to be... but the husband is half. So i made potato cabbage soup and irish soda bread! and my very scandinavian family came over for dinner & guiness.


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