Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

It's one of my favourite days of the year, today. That's right, St.Patrick's day. Some people just don't get why I love it so-more than Halloween even! Well, here's why!

My family tradition on St.Patrick's day includes eating many yummy foods. As soon as I got up, I put the meat on to brown and then into the crockpot. I added in the veggies and some Guinness awhile later. I've had corned beef simmering on the stove, and now it's roasting for a bit in the oven. Cabbage will be steamed to go alongside, as well as Colcannon (mashed potatoes with cabbage) and Irish Soda bread. My brother might have a Guinness to drink-but beer and I are not friends.

I also crank some of my favourite tunes, by some of my favourite bands, all day long. I've been listening to Great Big Sea, The Dubliners, The Irish Rovers and Celtic Thunder. I love so many songs, "Black Velvet Band" and "Irish Lullaby" being in the top five. My favourite though? "Ireland's Call." Whooo, I've cried several times today listening to that one.

My whole family dresses in green, I wear my Claddagh ring (given to me from my husband when I was pregnant and my wedding band no longer fit) and we just celebrate our heritage and our family. We eat and laugh and dance and sing.

This year, I'm away from "home" and the tradition carries on with just my wee group. My husband is even working late, so we're down to the girls and I. The table is all set in green, with my great grandmother's Irish dishware.

I'm always upbeat and proud on St.Patrick's day. Erin Go Bragh-forever!



  1. We were separated at birth :-)
    The Irish Rovers were my favorite band from the time I knew what music was until I found GBS. I saw them play 4 years ago on St. Patrick's Day. What a thrill that was...was missing Will Millar though - he was my first crush ever. I love The Orange and the Green. In fact The Unicorn was my favorite song all through my childhood - so much so that I collected unicorns for many years. I hope this coming year brings you lots of luck and I feel very lucky to have met you. I look forward to many more "aha" moments of connection :-)

  2. I know-we're seriously creepily similar in a lot of ways. :)

    I haven't listened to the Irish Rovers in forever-but I remember watching specials and stuff on TV when I was little. I'll have to listen some more. :)

    I wish you much luck and happiness this year too! I'm definitely VERY happy we've connected! Looking forward to many more laughs! (and running people out of restaurants! LOL)