Sunday, March 15, 2015

Question Of The Month: How Do You Celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

We're back with our Question of the Month: Saint Patrick's day is held on March 17 in the US; it honors Saint Patrick, the missionary who brought Christianity to the Irish people in the 400's AD. Do you celebrate St. Patty's Day, and if so, what is your favorite St. Pat's tradition?

Vicki Essex: I think everyone can agree that my answer du jour heartily applies to celebrating St. Patrick's Day: WHISKEY.

Liz Talley: We really don’t celebrate beyond the wearing of green. Not much Irish in my family I suppose and I live in a Protestant heavy town. When I lived in New Orleans, there was a fun parade to celebrate and I think they combined the feast days of St. Patrick and St. Joseph into the Irish-Italian parade.  They threw beads (like at Mardi Gras) and cabbages. Guess I’ll be content with the memory of celebrating St. Paddy’s. New Orleans knows how to throw a party. 

Jennifer Lohmann: I've always worn green and generally had corned beef and cabbage for dinner on St. Patrick's Day. When I was a kid, I was always really excited if St. Patrick's Day happened when we were out skiing. To prevent pinching, my dad eventually stuck a shamrock sticker on his goggles, which tickled me greatly.

Kristina Knight: We do the wearing of the green - bebe actually made me buy her a green velour track suit this year! I was raised in Kansas City and they have a great parade there...where we are now there aren't any big parades, but we still bring out our green...and I bought a shamrock hat a couple of years ago at a craft show that I fill up with only-green M&Ms.

Kris Fletcher: I am almost embarrassed to admit how our family celebrates St. Patrick's Day. Oh, we'll eat corned beef, and wear green, and play lots of Irish Rovers songs, but the tradition that my kids most associate with this day involves ... um ... a couple of drops of green food coloring in the toilet. You see, it seems that when the leprechauns come to visit in the night, sometimes they need to use the facilities ...

Mary Sullivan: I wear something green, which isn't a fraction as nice as the tradition my mum had. When we were small, she used to send the Sullivan siblings to school wearing little bunches of live shamrocks pinned to our sweaters. I remember how much I used to love it!

Sharon Hartley: Since I was a little girl, I've always made sure to wear green on St. Patrick's Day.  You'd get pinched at my elementary school if you forgot!  Recently, my favorite tradition is a parade in Hollywood (Florida) where we stretch to catch Mardi Gras style beads thrown from festive, mostly green, floats.  Oh, and we like to sip a little Jameson's.

Dana Nussio: St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to celebrate being Irish, and with the maiden name, Corbit, I’m definitely that. I love to dress up in green and wear all of my St. Patrick’s Day pins, including the traditional “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” one. My favorite is a tiny pin with a real clover encased in it. My late step-grandmother brought me back that one from Shannon, Ireland.

Anna Sugden: Being English we don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at all. It’s not a big deal in Cambridge where we live - although it used to be a huge event when we lived in NJ!. One of the things we enjoyed back then was seeing our beloved NJ Devils play hockey on St. Patrick’s Day wearing their throwback red and green jerseys and cheering for our own Saint Patrik (Elias) to score! Some green beer may have been drunk ;). This year I’m breaking with tradition and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a special St. Patrick’s Day-themed Ice Cats short story in the collection Tiny Treats 2 (which is free to download from all the usual retailers!).

Angel Smits: Having gone to Ireland a couple year ago, St. Patrick's Day brings back great memories. We kissed the Blarney Stone! So it's a day to celebrate our memories, heritage and eat corned beef...on beautiful dark rye bread. Yum! (Sorry cabbage lovers.)

Nan Dixon: My mother was British, having met my father when he was stationed in England during WWII.  Her tradition was to wear orange on St. Patrick's Day to show her roots.  I usually wear orange too.  (Even though my sister, Patricia, was born on St Patrick's day. Strange isn't it!)

Cathryn Parry: My ethnicity is quite the cocktail, and while I'm not certain whether or not I have Irish blood, I celebrate St. Patrick's Day every year. I wear green to avoid being pinched, I search for parades and pubs, and I sing "Danny Boy" for my family--though I can never seem to do the song proper justice!

Joanne Rock: We are mostly Dutch /French in my family and I didn't grow up with any St. Patrick's Day traditions. As a young mom, I went looking for some fun way to help my kids celebrate and we hit on a cute tradition. We decorated a box for leprechaun treasure and left it outside, hoping they'd leave us a little gold. Usually, we got a candy bar instead, but it was fun-- especially for a mom of three boys-- to have an excuse to color lots of rainbows for a day!

Pamela Hearon: We have a small pub near us that always hires a Celtic music band for St. Patrick's Day.  We go there and eat corned beef and cabbage, drink Guinness, and jig the night away!


Mary Preston said...

I have Irish descendants on my Mother's side, but we don't really celebrate at all.

Colleen C. said...

For me, I usually have green and shamrocks around no matter the day! :) Not much of a drinker, but I always enjoy listening to Celtic music!

Kaelee said...

I've always tried to wear a bit of green on St Patrick's Day. For quite a few years I have a wee drink of Guinness as well. Then I'm sure you have heard of the Shamrock Shake at McDonald's. It's been around for 40 years now but I discovered it a few years ago. I always have a couple of them during March.

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