It’s St. Patrick’s Day! How Irish Are You?

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day! How Irish Are You?

I’m always amazed and amused by the amount of people who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in some manner even though they are not the tiniest bit Irish. Any reason for a party, right??

I am actually part Irish. One eighth to be exact. We had a discussion about this just the other day. With some family members we discussed the nationalities of each and if any of us knew the actual percentages of each nationality in our heritage. With each generation these become more mixed to the point  most people now just classify themselves American of “whichever” descent i.e, American of European descent etc. My personal breakdown is 1/2 German, 1/4 Norwegian, 1/8 Scottish and 1/8 Irish.

My Irish Heritage

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The country of some of my ancestors.

My Irish/Scottish grandfather died long before I was born. How I would have loved to meet him. From the stories my mother and her siblings can tell, he must have been quite a character. Would I have known more of my Irish heritage if my grandfather had lived to tell the stories? Possibly. However, many of his generation (of all nationalities) were anxious to start new lives in America. Some continued to celebrate the old traditions but many left them behind.

St. Patrick’s Day Is….

According to Wikipedia, St. Patrick’s Day “is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.”

Today’s traditions for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day are widely varied. Some closely related to the traditional celebrations and some, not so much!! As a child we wore green to school on St. Patrick’s day or faced a day of many pinches. That was the only recognition of the day that I recall.

Lots Of Options For Celebrations

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As an adult I’ve become more aware of the commercialization of the day. Shamrock shakes, green beer, lots of Guinness (an Irish stout beer), leprechauns and four leaf clovers sprouting up in many establishments. The day is celebrated in some cities with parades or street festivals. Rivers are dyed green, annual balls complete with Irish dancing mark the date in some locations. One estimate from fortune.com was that 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed today, St. Patrick’s Day 2017.

What are your plans to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day 2017? I’m not a fan of green beer but I do love soda bread and Shepherd’s Pie. I might have to find a place that serves those and take The Husband out for dinner tonight. And maybe a Guinness!

We would love to hear how you mark the day in your family. Feel free to share in the comments section below.

My Gratitudes For The Day

1)  The Husband, our kids and grandkids.

2)  Life in a country that celebrates a wide variety of traditions and cultures.

3)  Travel opportunities.

4)  Chocolate! Because who doesn’t love chocolate??

5)  Online shopping – because it’s E.A.S.Y. and convenient!!

Have a great day everyone and thank you for following us. We love to hear from you. Comments section below and Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone!!

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