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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
It’s no surprise that I love this holiday. I happen to be part Irish. A few years back I found out that I’m probably more German than Irish even though my grandmother clings to the Irish part of her heritage than the other parts.
To show you why she probably likes this part of her ancestry, here is my #fridayfive list of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like you’re Irish:
In all my years, wearing green to school or work, meant that I wouldn’t get pinched on St. Patrick’s Day. It definitely is a way most people assume that you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like you’re Irish. Did you know that the color green has a more important significance than just avoiding a pinch?
According to what I’ve read, you might want to think twice about wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day!
In Ireland, some still follow the tradition where Catholics wear green and Protestants wear orange. These colors are associated with the religious sects and are the represented on the Irish flag; the white on the flag is symbolic of the peace between the two. – St. Patrick’s Day 2012: Why We Wear Green
Although tensions have eased in recent years between the Catholics and Protestants in Ireland, it used to be a real civil war going on between the two religions! I used to joke (and it probably was a poor joke at the time) that no matter what I’d be in trouble if I went to Ireland: Dad grew up Catholic and Mom grew up Protestant!
Turn It Green!
Chicago’s downtown parade occurs on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, beginning with the dyeing of the Chicago River at 9am and continuing in Grant Park with a parade at noon—starting from Balbo and Columbus. The South Side Irish Parade occurs the following day, stepping off from 103rd and Western at noon. – Your guide to St. Patrick’s Day 2017 in Chicago – Time Out
While turning local waterways is probably a bit out of your reach, a great new tradition easy tradition to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like you’re Irish has to do with food. Serving something green to eat or drink is extremely easy and both kids and adults will love it!
For kids, serving green eggs and ham since March happens to be Dr. Suess’s birthday would be fun.
For adults, the best trick I’ve seen lately though is to magically turn drinks green. By adding a small drop of green food coloring in the bottom of glasses before your friends are served, you can turn their drinks green without showing them the dot.
Make a Toast
There is nothing better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like you’re Irish than an Irish toast. If you haven’t seen the movie Cocktail, you missed out on Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown’s characters making several Irish toasts:
If Jordan gives birth to a fine Irish son
There will be Cocktails and Dreams for him one day to run
A business that will yield the financial windfall
To be franchised in every suburban shopping mall.
If a daughter arrives to bless our clan
I guess the shit will finally hit the fan
But this I shall promise thee
I’ll never let her marry a guy like me.
Still if our child is the naughtiest of girls or the wildest of young men
I swear I’ll be the best dad I can
And never ever get spooked again.
If you aren’t used to toasting your meals or events with friends, here are three sites where you can find some great ones to pull out of your pocket at a moments notice.
Eat Corned Beef & Cabbage
I discovered the other day when looking at information that corned beef might not even be a Real Irish tradition! I feel like my whole life is been a lie! Through the years, in the US, it’s a must- have recipe. If you didn’t see my version of it Best Damn Corned Beef & Cabbage, click the image below to check it out now!
This is a great time of year to be happy! March 20th this year is the first day of spring! That means sunshine and warmth for all the places in the country who’ve been battling winter all these months.
When I lived in Chicago in my twenties, St. Patrick’s Day was when the temperatures began to rise and the snow began to melt. I remember wearing flip flops for the first time after the cold and stepping over snow in the street on the way to see the green river.
Our reason to be happy this year is that our family member is turning green this weekend! Bootsie is earning her green belt in Karate. What a nice co-incidence!
How are you celebrating this year? Comment with the traditions you follow! I’d love to learn how you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like you’re Irish!