Thursday, March 17, 2011

I'm a holiday girl

Do you love holidays?  In general, I'm all about celebrating and traditions.  For example, I think it's incredibly cool that on Halloween night, people all across America (and other countries, too!)--rich, poor, city, rural, etc. etc. are all dressed up in elaborate costumes.  It's unifying, you know?

Since pretty much my entire extended family lives within a 20 mile radius of each other in Georgia, holidays always mean gatherings, too--lots of delicious food, hanging out with each other, etc.  They get together on Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, 4th of July, etc.  I am always home at Christmas, but I get nostalgic on the other holidays and really miss everyone at home.  I usually call my mama, and she passes the phone around so I can say hello, but I miss actually being with my family.  It's gonna get harder when my sister has a kid (eventually).

I'm wearing a green sweater today to avoid getting pinched (a green sweater that I got at the BCBG outlet for $9, might I add), but I don't really celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  When I was 15, one of my close friends died on St. Patrick's Day, and it's kinda taken the air out of the holiday for me.  Although anniversaries can be hard, I don't have all the crazy emotions around his death anymore (I mean, it's been 14 years now), but I can't help but think of Dan on St. Patrick's Day, and it makes me disinclined to rage over green beers and glittery hats.

Also, I don't eat corned beef.  And also, I feel a nagging sense of cultural appropriation when it comes to "ethnic" holidays like St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo.  It doesn't mean I can't appreciate them (or want to toast to Mexico over margaritas on May 5), but I almost feel like an imposter, if that makes sense.

But for those of you who celebrate, Happy St. Patrick's Day.  And may all of us be the recipients of tremendous Irish luck!


drollgirl said...

i like your perspective!

i am part irish (i think -- who can keep track of such things as i am from such a big melting pot), but i don't really give a shit about this holiday. but, to those that love it, enjoy. i mainly feel sorry for bartenders, bouncers and cops and cleaning crews that bear the brunt of this holiday! lol

and corned beef is REVOLTING. so is cabbage. but i love beer! lol

Faiza said...

i have to admit that being from a city as diverse as toronto is, t is quite funny to see some of my chinese, filipino and greek co-workers walking around with sashes that say "kiss me! i'm irish!"

i say to each their own! whatever makes you feel like celebrating - why not?

in fact it's a thursday! i think i'll celebrate that! HAPPY THURSDAY!

this free bird said...

i love holidays but i really don't give a rat's ass for this one. i'm not wearing green, if anyone pinches me in the confines of my own home i'll smack them, and the last thing i want to do is head out to watch all the fools drinking their heads off and barfing green beer into the gutters. they can suck it.

furthermore this was my grandma's birthday so it's a sad day for me. i also don't like corned beef. i think it's nasty.


this free bird said...

i do like green margaritas though. just saying.

Sarah said...

I never really celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I mostly hide inside of my apartment from holidays that are all about drinking. Not that I'm against drinking, per se. As for your comment on my blog, I'm talking about being finished school forever! FOREVER! I so can't wait. I'm in my 20th year of school and I've had enough. Good luck with your last weeks, too!

Micaela said...

i'd totally pinch you anyway ;) and i agree with drollgirl, i do love your perspective. though i have to say, it was so fun to go to the grocery store and see people of all ages wearing green lol (in went a pack of BECKS light which are green bottles so i may be overdoing the green theme lol and THANK GOD i haven't given up beer like my sis ha)

i just use the morning star brand of "meal starter soy crumbles." they are so good! i use them in everything-- spaghetti sauce, sloppy joe's... i love them!

Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

When I was away at college, I always got nostalgic about missing my family on holidays, too. I know the feeling. And I also know the feeling of losing a good friend - my friend died on March 4th when I was a senior in HS. It was crazy. I always think of him on and around the days of March 4th (and through out the year).

I never used to celebrate St Patties, except when I was very young they visited my elementary school, and then the last couple years I did a little bar hop thing. But this year I just haven't been feeling it. So we are in the same boat. :)

Lindsey said...

I love holidays too, they are the best! I celebrated St. Patty's last Saturday so I'm not doing anything tonight but lay on my couch and catch up on all my DVR shows. eww corned beef hash looks so sick. My ex-bf was Irish and his family loved it. It looked like canned dog food to me. Yuck!

ag. said...

I'm with you on loving holidays...any excuse to celebrate and cool traditions seriously make me happy! And I think that's why I love days like today. I won't be going all out and getting drunk but wearing green and making green food are just fun ways to make the everyday a little different! And that's why I love holidays like St. Patrick's Day! Anddd because like Faiza mentioned, I think it's funny to see people who clearly aren't Irish all of a sudden celebrating the Irish just because of the day it is!

Tiffany said...

I completely understand....I lost a close friend 5 years ago on Halloween and I just don't have much desire to celebrate that holiday anymore. You take Halloween, I'll take St. Patrick's Day! :)


Meghan said...

I hear ya, lady! I am about as Irish as they come, but I do not celebrate myself. I do wear green, but that is about it.

And I despise corned beef and cabbage. Shameful!

Tiffany said...

Yes, I still can't really bring myself to celebrate today either. Pittsburgh has a good bit of Irish heritage, in addition to being super Catholic, so there's an enormous parade and people go kinda crazy for it. This includes my co-workers, so I have to go hide. Miss you!!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I'm sorry to hear that Claire :( I understand why you wouldn't want to celebrate.

It's kinda sucky to read everyone's comments above though lol. As an Irish Catholic, I am well aware of the discrimination that we've faced throughout time. Many people in the US have no clue and don't understand that there were literally "Irish need not apply" signs posted everywhere. In fact, my family had to drop the O' from our name to not be so obviously Irish.

However, I am first an American and agree with what you said about ethnic holidays. I know they petition to add St. Paddy's Day as a national holiday almost every year, but it's an Irish holiday so it shouldn't pass in America. Same with Cinco de Mayo.

Rant over ;) Love ya!

P.S. You know I don't eat meat, but I crave corned beef and cabbage every St. Patrick's Day!

Krystal said...

Aw, I'm sorry about your friend :( I have a similar day on Cinco de Mayo.
But I did have a guiness and was even given a big guiness hat...can't pass up beer. it's my weakness :)

Marz said...

Awww I know exactly what you mean about passing the phone around so you can say hi to everyone. While I have never actually moved away from home, sometimes I worry that we might make Micaela sadder when we call her when we're all laughing and having a good time and wishing she were with us. Like on my birthday, I almost didn't want to skype with her because I was SO sad she wasn't there with me for our traditional big birthday feast with our parents. It was almost too hard for me because I just really missed her so much and this was our first birthday apart in our 27 years.

So sorry for your friend and your loss at such a young age :( I can understand why you feel the way you do about St. Patty's.

I on the other hand embrace any holiday that let's us take what would be an ordinary, mundane day of the week into a fun, festive one. Life is too full of sad, hard lessons. Last night I had a lot of fun celebrating the Irish holiday. A little to much fun because I'm feeling tired and a little hungover at work today! I hardly drink anymore and it's so ironic because my friends kept buying me shots to toast to my year without beer!!! hahahaha :)

wilybrunette said...

i just always want to barrel through this holiday in nyc. it can bring out the worst in people--all that drinking.

ps: you better believe i'm excited to try out your kale recipe! mouth watering, i say.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I'm all about the holidays but this one and Valentines Day I do not care about at all.

Meredith said...

I love holidays too, and Halloween is my favorite because of that awesome dress-up-for-free-candy concept! Also because people look at you like you're a complete heathen when you say Halloween is your favorite holiday and that gives me a chuckle.

Sorry St. Pat's isn't so fun for you. And I definitely get that impostor thing too, though I decorate and wear green for St. Pat's because I hate being pinched. But all in all, it's an excellent excuse to get out and drink a beer on a weeknight, and I'm all for any holiday that does that!