Posted by: Bobbi McCormick | March 16, 2008

St Patty’s Day with the McCormick’s

What are the odds of a red head Irish being born on St. Patty’s Day? Well we have one of those odds. Matt was born on St. Patty’s day which is actually a pretty interesting holiday please read below:

Patrick’s mission in Ireland lasted for over 20 years.He died on March 17, AD 461.That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since. The day’s spirit is to celebrate the universal baptization of Ireland.Though originally a Catholic holy day,St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday. Or, rather, ‘be an Irish Day ‘.And the Irish has borne it as part of their national tradition in everywhere they populated and prospered.

The Catholic feast day for this most loved of Irish saints has become a holiday in celebration of the Irish and Irish culture. The leprechaun, a Celtic fairy, has become entrenched as a chief symbol for this holiday, as is the shamrock, an ancient symbol for the triple goddess Brigit. It is fitting that this holiday should fall at the time of the year when the return of spring begins to seem at hand.

PhotobucketWell to celebrate Matt’s birthday this year we went to a St. Patty’s day feast! Up in Oak Glen they put on a dinner that celebrates this holiday, with leper cons, dancing, food, history, and so much more. Matt and I took my parents with us for this grand adventure. My step dad’s birthday is on Tuesday the 18th so we made it a family affair. We showed up around seven and we were seated in the family’s fine barn. I felt like I took a step back in to town. All the employees were dressed in the traditional Irish garb. Their accents were superb, and their body language was excellent! They gave is two challenges, the first was to find four leper cons during dinner and ask them their name, age, career, and where they were hiding their gold. The second was to write an Irish limerick and present it at the end of the night. We were all up for the challenge. We ate, laughed, chatted, and danced the night away and Irish dancing is actually a lot like line dancing with an Irish hop. Matt had a wonderful time celebrating with his family and fellow Irish men. I think the best part of the night was that when it was time to read our limericks, I got up all brave and such to read out loud what I had created. It truly was a ridiculous poem, but because my family has some pretty large lungs, I won! So we got to take home a 5lb. homemade apple pie, which by the way goes very well with a cup of coffee for breakfast. We took home are winnings and rested full and satisfied. O the Luck of the Irish!



  1. This sounds like so much fun! I want to go next year!

  2. My Grandma celebrated her 80th birthday and Gerson’s nephew celebrated his 2nd birthday on St. Patty’s day also! How cool! 🙂 One thing though, Bobbi…since your children will be Irish you must know that they are “leprechauns” lol! I have known you long enough to embrace your spelling as one of your idiosyncrasies…but that one was way off lol. I still love you and want to take my family next year!!

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