I like this holiday - I think it breaks up the monotony of one long, gray, dark winter - but really wish they'd change the name to something like "Irish Heritage Day" because I don't agree with the symbolism of the holiday in general. St. Patrick is celebrated for "driving the snakes out of Ireland" which is symbolic for driving all of the non-Christians out of Ireland and goes hand in hand with St. George slaying the dragon. So, I celebrate all my friends who are of Irish or Celtic descent and thumb my nose at St. Patrick by wearing green dragons today and celebrating religious diversity and tolerance.
If I didn't celebrate St Patrick's Day, my Irish relatives would roll in their graves. We wear green, listen to Celtic music, and have corned beef, colcannon, and glazed carrots with soda bread for dinner. I have to pass on the Guiness, not a fan.
We'll do corned beef and cabbage too. When the kids were little, I'd color their milk and stuff, now I just make the doinner, and maybe some soda bread and a green dessert( but this year I'm making strawberry shortcake since the strawberries looked so nice.) Pam
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" Proverbs 17:22
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I am Italian, I teach Spanish and I'm all decked out in green with a scarf with clovers and all. I guess you could say I'm the Italian Irish Spanish teacher today! We'll be having Italian for dinner tonight, though. Had corned beef this past weekend at a St. Paddy's Day party. Happy St. Paddy's to all!
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We do have a wee bit of the Irish in us, and love to celebrate St Paddy's Day. Everyone is dressed in green, and my 7 year old grandson asked me to color his hair green for the day!! We started with green eggs and ham, with green tinted milk (it's not as bad as it sounds). For dinner, we're having chicken (not green), green mashed potatoes with peas and beans. I'll be playing an Irish jig or two, and dancing for cardio today. What are you doing to celebrate?
Wherever you go and whatever you do, May the luck of the Irish be there with you. Have a great St Paddy's Day!!
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