What do all of you do for St. Patrick’s day? I’m pretty sure Beccy will have something quite different to say than the rest of us. To my internet readings, in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is more of a family oriented holiday than a drunk fest or a reason to wear green and have big parades.
According to folklore, this days honors when St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. Indeed, from all reports, there ARE no snakes in Ireland. For those of us in the heartland that get a little flutter when one crosses our path in surprise, this would be welcome indeed.
Having Irish heritage, I try to at least follow a few things that we have most likely Americanized as traditions. My mom makes corned beef and cabbage. Last year, my hubby and I got some corned beef sliced and had reubens on St. Patrick’s day. We also have made ‘Irish Stew’ before, which is also probably highly Americanized, and as we don’t use lamb, is probably even further from true, but at least we try. We don’t go out and get drunk, we do wear green, a little shamrock pin, and yearn for our homeland. Oh and I have a cd that I play at this time of year that has some racous songs about telling lies in a pub, coming to America to find a golden opportunity, and some sweet love songs. It’s what we do on St. Patrick’s day. What do you do?