Patrick's Day arrives this Friday and I will definitely be wearin' the green. I
can trace my Irish roots all the way back to the 17th century when
my maternal grandmother's Dickenson forebears, Daniel and Elizabeth, settled in
Edenderry to raise their family. This year, instead of green beer (yuck!) or a
tipple of Irish whiskey (Writer's Tears?), I'll be celebrating with something
new and different – a wee, green St. Patrick's Day tree.
I know you want to say it, so go ahead.
the heck is a St. Patrick's Day Tree?"
here's the thing. Last Christmas, son J and I decided to decorate with a
live tree instead of our old reliable artificial spruce. We simply couldn't
resist this sweet little Grinch's Christmas tree. Isn't it adorable?
it would be a cute conversation starter, take up just the right amount of space
in my small living room, and then fade away into the compost bin after the
holidays. But, no. Instead of fading away, little tree seemed to flourish.
If you know
me, or if you've read my 2015 post about flower power, you'll understand how difficult it is for me to give up on a plant,
no matter how sad or how sorry it may look. But once the Christmas season ended
it seemed silly – and just a bit embarrassing – to display a Grinchy tree with
a shiny red ball. So, off with the shiny red ball and on with a classic white bow
tie, perfect for celebrating the New Year.
continued to thrive. And so when February rolled around, we traded in the
formal bow for a jaunty red ribbon with Valentine heart dangles.
forward to March, and our little tree grows fluffier day by day. Last
week we dressed him up in a pale green bow with sparkly shamrock bangles. I
think it suits the little guy, don't you?
petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
already planning a special Easter outfit (photos to follow) but for now, we're
enjoying this little bit of Ireland on our table.
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