Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patty's Day 2011

Hey everyone!

I'm still feeling under the weather and my original post got deleted. :/ *frustrated scream* And moving on...

Every year I try to learn something new with each holiday. I don't like not knowing the origins of whatever I'm celebrating. (Thanks So here are just a few facts:

Shamrocks symbolize the rebirth of spring.

There are 36.9 million U.S. residents with Irish roots. This number is more than eight times the population of Ireland itself (4.5 million).

The original Irish name for a leprechaun was "lobaircin," meaning "small-bodied fellow."

Leprechauns had nothing to do with St. Patty's Day, until Disney released a film called "Darby O'Gill and the Little People.

Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick's Day at the turn of the century.

Now don't you feel smarter. ;)

Tonight I'm cooking corned beef hash and a special Irish themed dessert. We are also watching Darby O'Gill and the Little People, for the first time. What are your St. Patty's Day plans?

In closing:

Question 2: Which is worse, failing or never trying?

I'm very much a perfectionist, but I would have to say never trying. I would much rather be able to say I gave it my all. I think some of the most valued lessons we learn come with failure.

<3 Anna


  1. Love the facts, I actually did a report on St. Patrick's Day a few years back and learned all kinds of interesting little factoids.

  2. I love all of the info. My hubby and I both adore the History Channel, but we don't have cable anymore so poo :(
    I haven't seen Darby O' Gill and the Little People since I was a little girl. I think I'm going to have to buy that and Brigadoon to make part of our "celebration" next year!
    (I have "The Gnome Mobile" which is also a Disney movie, but it's not a St. Patrick's Day movie...oh well!)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog this week!

  3. Hi Anna, thanks for visiting my blog. And I do feel smarter now about St. Patrick's Day! As to your question - my younger self it was failing. My older self never trying.

  4. Love all the trivial info on St. Patty's day. Amazing about the Irish root population. Totally agree with the trying is better than failing.

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  6. Interesting facts. Here's a new one for you: Shamrock can also be the nickname for a girl named Shannon. Yeah.

  7. So that's why I like shamrocks so much... I love spring! Following back from the blog hop (finally) - thanks for the comments! :)

  8. Thanks for your comment and thanks for the trivia! :) I'm following back!


  9. Hope u had a good St.Patrick's Day..LOVE Little People but the cartoons....right along with ABC after school specials...ah the good ol'days : )

  10. Hi Anna and thanks for visiting my blog. I'm following back and indeed, I do feel smarter now about St. Patrick's Day ;-)!

  11. Thanks everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed the facts. :)

  12. Thank goodness for Google or I'd never know anything.

  13. :)

    @ Mrs. Tuna: I know the feeling!


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