So here’s the thing… I’m Irish.
Or rather I’m an American with deep Irish roots.
Granted, I don’t speak Gaelic and although my grandmother would’ve loved it, I never learned to stepdance. I’ve never even been to Ireland, but I hope to go someday.
However, my very earliest memories are sitting in my great-grandmother’s kitchen eating fresh homemade Irish Soda Bread and drinking tea. Even though I was too young to understand much from the visits, I did manage to grasp the specialness of them.
When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around each year, I’m reminded of my heritage and I’m a bit conflicted by all the crafts & decor that start showing up. I often think “I don’t think this holiday means what you think it means”. When my great-grandmother came to America, I don’t think she imagined that her culture would be burned into her new homes heart as one of leprechauns, pots of gold and rainbows.
Don’t get me wrong… those things are all fun traditions especially with little ones. But for me to get my glittery green shamrock on… well it just isn’t my thing. Even if shamrock shakes are magically delicious.
In the full interest of disclosure, we do have one leprechaun that makes an appearance this time of year. However, he gets a pass since Evan brought him home from second grade and said “Look what I made today.”
I kinda adore him. I’d post a tutorial, but I’m still not sure how he did it.
Anyhow… rather than decorate with rainbows and clovers, I like to break out my Irish Belleek and display it for the season.
Belleek is very delicate Irish pottery that was always around or a topic of conversation when I was growing up. All of my pieces were given to me by family and when I get a chance to visit with my Dad or aunt, I love to hear about their latest acquisitions.
With spring almost here, I prefer to bring in fresh cut flowers and greens to decorate with. Tulips are my favorite and I think they are so striking paired with these porcelain dishes.
Although I constantly use my vases, I’m actually deathly afraid to use the tea cups. They are so paper thin, I’m worried I might crack one. Regardless, they sure are gorgeous to look at and I enjoy bringing out these pieces each year.
What is your favorite St. Patrick’s Day tradition? Do you own any Irish Belleek? Be honest… are you drinking green beer or Bailey’s Irish Cream on the 17th?