Laura Haley-McNeil

3/15/20, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone!

Are any of you Irish? Do any of you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? If you do, please share your plans.

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Growing up, St. Patrick’s Day was a special day in our house. Every year, my parents planned a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The night of the party, their friends crowded into our home. As we children grew older, we’d invite our friends, too.

Planning the Party

My mother loved to cook and bake, especially for a lot of people. All week, she’d plan a menu and then shop and bake and freeze the food. The day of the party, she’d decorate the house and turn the dining room into a smorgasbord. The night of the party, guests would move in and out of the house. Someone was always at the piano playing Irish songs and everyone would sing and dance jigs.

I don’t know how my parents found the energy to plan the party around their jobs and raising six children, but the night was a fun time and something we looked forward to.

Some St. Patrick Information

Of course, because I’m an innate geek, I researched the origins of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Have I piqued your curiosity? If so, I’ll share some information here.

The Catholic Church declared St. Patrick’s Day a holy day, but the descendants of the Irish who emigrated to North America changed it to a secular celebration. March 17th is the day St. Patrick died. He was a missionary to the Irish and used the shamrock to explain the trinity. I’ll spare you any more details, but if you want to know more, click the link and read about the celebration here.

I hope your week is wonderful and blessed with fun things to do. And if you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, may it be fun and safe.