Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Preparing for the Wearing. Of the Green.

I love to celebrate holidays. Although any holiday will do, I prefer brightly-colored holidays which involve gifting, mystical beings or cured meats.

So, Fah who for-aze! Dah who dor-aze! Welcome, welcome St. Patrick's Day! It's got green, it's got leprechauns and it's got corned beef. We've hit the trifecta.

Actually, I do not know much about St. Patrick's Day, as I am not Irish and I do not drink and I cannot jig, although I do jiggle. A little.

Note: My DIL is a master jigger. She even majored in it. In college. She rocks.

So I do what any fact-seeking American does. I google.

It turns out St. Patrick converted lots of folks to Christianity but he didn't really drive all the snakes from Ireland as there are no snakes on that island nation anyhow.

Note: For the geographically impaired and you know who you are, yes, Ireland is an island and may or may not be conveniently located near Germany.

And sadly, leprechauns are very minor creatures in irish folklore who fix the shoes of the fairies. And they are cranky about it. And who wouldn't be?

Note: Walt Disney invented our version of leprechauns in 1959. Well, of course he did.

Even worse, the Irish don't eat corned beef . They eat Irish bacon. But the immigrants couldn't afford Irish bacon in America so their Jewish deli-owning-friends suggested corned beef.

Note: Bad call.

And St. Patrick's day typically falls in the middle of Lent so it's a "day off" from one's "whatever-one-is-lenting" which is typically cured meats, apparently.

Note: And since one is taking the day off, sort of, the drinking begins, apparently.

So, there you go.

I'm still not Irish and I still cannot jig and I still do not drink. But I will put on my green tomorrow and celebrate with the best of them, minus the drinking and the cured meats.

Note: Because I rock the green wig.

Heck, yes!


Amanda P said...

I'm too distracted by the conversation we had recently... about cobblers and how they are little; and apparently Leprechauns ARE cobblers which means we were right. Which is either creepy or amazing...to comment on anything else in this blog post.

Lindsay said...

You mentioned jiggers and I started thinking of chiggers which resulted in some serious itching and I lost focus. But I love the wig. Maybe you should take the photo in for your next hair appointment.