St. Patrick is my awesome relative. #Lifestyle #Food #Music

I arise today, through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through a confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation. ~ St. Patrick #quote

I arise today, through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness, through a confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation. ~ St. Patrick #quote

My paternal great-grandfather and great-grandmother left Ireland as children.  I imagine their parents were young, poor and full of hope in the life they would live in America.  They brought their hard work, faith, and love with them.  My great-grandparents lived a long life and I was privileged to know them as a child.

And I was raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where being an Irish American is a point of pride.  I’m talking seriously proud enough to throw one of the largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the country.  The day…week… is over the top green, beer-drenched, hilariously funny, and full of delicious corned beef and cabbage.  Those not familiar may be inclined to see only the silly and superficial (I can’t explain green beer, for example.)  Those in the know understand that a good joke, a rousing sing-a-long, and a cold brew with friends have carried many a people through hard and dark times.

Every year for St. Patrick’s Day, I’m glad to set aside the challenges of life to remember where I came from.  I’m grateful for generations of my relatives before me who sacrificed to benefit me and my children.  We remain connected in a mysterious yet tangible way.  I’m proud of my heritage and if that means wearing green, going to a parade, throwing a party, singing Clancy Lowered the Boom, and making Irish soda bread, then that’s exactly what our family will do.  Dear St. Patrick, and all who hand down faith, hope, and love, a mighty cheers to you!

Do you celebrate St. Paddy’s Day? What is your favorite way to celebrate your heritage? 

I invite you, as my friend, to be Irish for the day. Enjoy 🙂 ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc

19 thoughts on “St. Patrick is my awesome relative. #Lifestyle #Food #Music

  1. St. Patrick’s Day meant only wearing green to me before I met P.J. P.J .is from New Jersey and from a very Irish family. In the 10 years that we have been married I have learned much about St. Patrick’s Day. A few years ago I taught an entire lesson on the origin of St. Patrick’s Day, I often cook corned beef and cabbage throughout the year, we make Irish potatoes, and a rotten little leprechaun visits our house each year only to make a mess of the kids room! Those are a few of our traditions and I hope that my children continue them as they have a family of their own. I actually went to school today myself with green pants, and fingernails! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May your day be filled with Irish luck!

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  2. St Patrick’s day is one of those days when it’s almost a duty to thumb your nose at sadness. You will be happy! And if you can’t be happy, then be drunk and think you’re happy. 😀

    I don’t really have many traditions, but I do insist on putting something up on the walls and wearing something green with a wee bit of orange. (I am Protestant after all, 😉 ) I love window clings too, and I have a bunch of shamrock window clings that I also add to all the mirrors in the house.

    Oh, I mustn’t forget Shamrock Shakes. I do take 4 “indulgence days” on my diet every year, and one of those is for my Shamrock Shake. My body hates me for a few days afterward, but it’s so worth it, lol.

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      • You are welcome!
        Actually everything starts with the Lent. We have every Friday evening a special service only for Mother Mary, and then from Palm Sunday , we start additional services every night, culminating on Good Thursday and Good Friday where it goes from 7pm till midnight almost.
        The resurrection takes place on Midnight from Saturday to Sunday Easter.
        And yes,we wear all our new Spring outfits,
        A must are new shoes, we also make presents to the kids except the chocolate eggs , shoes must be, either white or red!
        If you wNt to experience something special , then you have to be in Greece at Easter time. It is the most important holiday of the year.

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      • Sounds fantastic! Our family and friends also follow Lent and the full 50 day Easter season, but we are in the minority in the US. While the majority does celebrate Easter, it appears to be the celebration of THE BIG DAY, Easter Sunday. I love love love that our family’s tradition is to celebrate for seasons; there’s just too much celebrating to pack into one day 🙂

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    • Hello dear Catherine! And you are right, LOL! Fun seems to be one of the best ways to keep our kids engaged and the fun stuff is easiest for me to blog about most days 🙂 It was great to see you in my reader earlier – keep doing the important work! If I don’t comment as often, just know that I have 3 sons playing baseball sooooo that’s pretty much my excuse for EVERYTHING all spring! Happy spring to you & yours, Cat ❤

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