St. Patrick’s Day was a big deal in my family when I was growing up. My mother’s maiden name was Redmond. I have McNeely and Mahoney in my family tree. I loved knowing it was Corned Beef and Cabbage time. I carried those traditions to my own family once I had one. Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots, Vanilla Ice Cream with Crème de Mint splashed on top, Shortbread Cookies, and Irish Soda Bread.
But, around 2001 we sold our house we had lived in for thirteen years and moved out to our current house. Move-in day? March 17th! So, no time for the traditional meal that day. We were busy moving 1 moving truck and 7 pickup trucks and trailers worth of belongings. By the time evening hit, we were glad just to hit our beds. Whew!!
So, the next year I was all ready to do the corned beef meal and my husband said, “No, I want a big juicy steak, barbequed out on our deck, a big fancy salad, some potatoes, and a nice glass of wine to celebrate the anniversary of our house.”
A new tradition was born. Every St. Patrick’s Day we do the steak and potatoes thing to celebrate our lovely house we live in (which is two times the size of the old one). A holiday is whatever you make of it. You can be traditional or eclectic or way out of the box. It is your holiday, enjoy it!!
Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
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