One of my favorite holidays is here! We have had our shamrock on the door since my Valentine’s Day hearts came down and today we will celebrate our Irish heritage! My Gramma (my mom’s mother) has always made St. Patrick’s Day fun for me for as long as I remember. I was talking to her on Monday after work, and one of the first things she said was “don’t forget to wear green on Thursday!!!” I will be sure to wear my green to work today! Growing up she would always make us corned beef, cabbage and green potatoes–which I always thought was the coolest thing ever.
I think I got my love for all the holidays from my Gram. She is always so excited to decorate for each holiday and always makes the holidays fun. I don’t think she ever let a Valentine’s Day go by without a card for each of us throughout our childhood! I don’t know how she always remembered to get it in the mail on time. For Easter, she continues to organize and orchestrate our family egg hunt. With the help of my Pop, she makes sure to fill all the eggs–some with candy and some with money. We have the easter egg hunt each year with my little cousins (who aren’t so little anymore…not so sure how that happened). I still get excited watching my cousins hunt for eggs! We have some great pictures through the years hunting for eggs with my cousins, they always make me smile when I look back at all of us together at such a young age. One year in particular, one of my cousins was only hunting for the eggs with money in them. They were shaking the eggs to figure out money or candy–and if it was candy, they would leave it behind! So funny! For Thanksgiving, my Gram always makes sure we will have a ton of food, and that everyone’s favorite foods will be incorporated. How she remembers who likes what with such a big family is beyond amazing to me! Christmas time is always my favorite! My Gram started this tradition where we have to have Christmas poppers at each person’s table setting. To kick off our Christmas dinner we all pop our poppers and everyone eats wearing their tissue paper crown. My Dad, Uncle Josh, and Uncle Greg seem to always turn one of the toys into an earring or some accessory that it is not meant to be! I love my family because I think we all are living life with the motto to “never grow up!” We may get older and do adult things like have real jobs, have kids of our own, and our own houses to clean, but we all agree that we will continue to make these times fun TOGETHER!
When I lived in Hoboken with my roomies Justine and Drea, I used to love decorating our apartment for the holidays. I worked in NJ near the Christmas Tree Shop, so I would stop on my way home and buy some cheap tacky decorations to make our apartment fun! I blame this need for holiday decor on my Gram and my Mom. Next Wednesday, I will blog about the Holiday baskets that my Mom, Gram, and Aunt Karen put together for my bridal shower. They are the best and always get me excited for the upcoming holidays.
In closing, I hope that I can instill the love for the holidays in my future babies (no, I am not pregnant!!!) . I loved growing up in a house where my parents made such a huge effort to make me feel loved each and every day. They especially always spoil us on the holidays. Dan and I were just talking the other day about how my Mom and Dad just love to spoil us, even our dog THOR! It is nice to know that they think of us while on their trips to Costco and TJ Maxx and make sure to always remember our favorite things!
Here is a little Irish Blessing to start your day…
You can buy this cute stone trivet at Zazzle…http://www.zazzle.com/irish_blessing_farmland_photo_stone_trivets-256448616702707522
Thanks for reading and have a fun, safe, and HAPPY St. Patrick’s day 🙂
Here is my picture of the day…
Here is the lady that taught me how to PARTYYY…Love ya Gram!