Thoughts On St. Patrick’s Day…Friday Giveaway

the "year round tree" decorated for St. Patrick's Day

This week I put away the Valentine’s Day decorations, and brought out the St. Patrick’s Day ones.  Of all of the holidays that I decorate for, St. Patrick’s Day is my least favorite.  In fact, when I was growing up as a child, the only thing that I knew about St. Patrick’s Day was– if you didn’t wear green on that day–you were going to get pinched! 

In 1972, when Ed and I got married and moved to Savannah, Georgia–we learned a lot more about St. Patrick’s Day.  For instance, the city goes “all out” for St. Patrick’s Day–beginning with a breakfast complete with green grits!  The city colors their fountains green, and has one of the largest parades and celebrations found anywhere in the U. S. A.  Ed and I have never been to a St. Patrick’s Day Parade or any of the other festivities.  We don’t really care for the crowds or the partying atmosphere.

St. Patrick’s Day is special to me because it’s the day that Ed and I left Savannah, and moved back to our home town…way back in 1977.  On this March 17, we will have lived on this little piece of land for 33 years.  We chose to move on that day because it was a holiday for Ed.  So, while most of the rest of Savannah was celebrating in 1977–we were moving back home!

some of my St. Patrick's Day collectibles

When I worked in first grade, I enjoyed celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the children.  We’d color rainbows with pots of gold at the end, or color and cut out little leprechauns to decorate our walls.  We usually had some kind of green cookie or cupcake for a snack–and sometimes we’d pretend that leprechauns came to visit the classroom while we were gone to lunch.  Once we returned from lunch and found little pots of gold covered chocolate coins on all the desks!  What fun! 

While St. Patrick’s Day is my least favorite holiday–or whatever you call it–I do collect and display decorations.  This year I added some outside decorations on my porch–just so my granddaughter who lives next door could enjoy seeing them.  I have two light-up shamrocks on the windows. Now I think my house looks sort of like an Irish Pub!

a few more things on display

My husband comes home from work, sees the boxes of decorations in the middle of the floor–and rolls his eyes!  He just doesn’t “get it”.  He doesn’t understand why I  take the time, and go to the trouble to put out decorations…I guess it’s just a woman’s thing–or maybe it’s just a “Kathy thing”.

What are your thoughts about St. Patrick’s Day?  Do you celebrate?  Do you decorate?  Do you know why it is celebrated?  What do you think about decorating?  Do you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?  Just leave any kind of comment concerning St. Patrick’s Day,  and I will enter your name in the drawing for my St. Patrick’s Day Gift Bag.  The bag contains a pair of shamrock socks, 2 beaded shamrock necklaces, and a bottle of Bath and Body Works White Citrus(I like this scent) antibacterial hand soap–all tied up in a neat little bag with a  green bow!

The winning comment number will be chosen on Monday morning–courtesy of Random.org.  Have a great weekend everyone–and Good Luck!

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  1. Happy St. Patty’s day! I am supposed to heading out the door for work, but am trying so hard to squeeze a little blog reading in-otherwise-there doesnt seem to be enough hours in a day! haha

    We have enjoyed the ST Patrick’s day parade in Savannah, but with all the crowds, we have not gone every year. We especially had fun taking the trolley from the Oglethorpe mall to downtown when our good friends were in town to visit one year.

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  2. We don’t really do much for St. Patrick’s Day – I do wear green, though, or my hubby will take full advantage of his pinching rights. 🙂

  3. I run a daycare so we always put up a little something for St. Patrick’s Day, we read some books about the day, and of course eat green food. It certainly isn’t my favorite holiday but the kids like it.

  4. Wow, I love your house and wish I’d been in your class. 😉 St.Patty’s day is one of my favorite, but I’ve never had the money around that day to decorate but we do post pictures the kids make around the house for it. Yes, I do know about old St.Nick tossing the box with the snake in it out over the sea, in fact I tells the kids the story every year from a book (Can’t recall the name at the moment) and we make our leprechaun boxes.

    Did you know that if you leave an empty box out they must fill it with something? That’s the story at least and we’ve done it every year. The kids paint their boxes all week long until they believe them to be perfect and the night before they leave them by the door out back. The next morning the leprechaun has hidden their boxes and they must find them before they come home.

    Oh, yes we do celebrate. We eat all things green on this day…normally I have to use food coloring to do that. 🙂 Happy St. Patty’s day!! I’d love to win this.

  5. In my much younger years I did celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Way too much. I went with the belief that everyone is Irish on this day.
    I sort of still prescribe to that theory. We have corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots for dinner that night. I tired to make Irish soda bread once and was asked not to try it again.
    When my son was young I made green pancakes for breakfast.
    It is the day that the Irish legend says St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.
    Thanks for this chance.

  6. Well, no we don’t really “celebrate” it. But if you’ve ever watched Veggietales Sumo of the Opera, they explain why St. Patrick’s Day was orginally celebrated, and go figure, it’s to celebrate a CHRISTIAN! It’s a cute little clip you might like.

    You can watch it on Youtube here:

    or if that doesn’t work just go to youtube and type in Veggietales st patrick and it comes right up.

  7. I don’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s day but it is neat seeing all the decorations such as shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold. Treats such as chocolate foil wrapped “gold”, cupcakes with green frosting and shamrock shaped cookies add to the festive day.

  8. I don’t really decorate for St. Patrick’s Day because it’s my father’s birthday and my birthday is the day before so we’re usually in the midst of b-day celebrations. We do wear green and my Mom has my Dad and I pose in green sequined hats with our birthday cakes, but that’s the extent of St. Pat’s at our house.

    If I won the give-away I’d send the gifts to my college daughter. She loves holiday socks and Bath & Body Works. Thanks for having a give-away.

    Good luck on my spring give-away.

  9. We wear green (assuming I don’t forget!) and perhaps take out the “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pin 🙂 I’m 1/4 Irish…

  10. I love your story. I want to decorate fo St Patrick’s Day and want it to look pretty. But it’s like you said…everthing seems to be about the drinking. Would love to have some nice collectables like yours to display. Such a nice collection. I didn’t even know that those things existed. Where do I go to find them? Well have a nice holiday and anniversary too! Bye now.


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