St. Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17, the traditional date when Saint Patrick died. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland (c. AD 385–461) has become an international festival observed by the Irish and the Irish-at-heart. Irish culture is celebrated with parades, dancing, special food, beer and a tremendous amount of green (including copious amounts of green beer).
How many are with me in thinking that Christmas gets earlier each and every year? It has a tendency to sneak up on a person until, like today, it suddenly starts hollering at you: CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE! Yikes!!! So I decided it was time to start sharing handmade items from artist friends that will make perfect Christmas gifts. And to make it even better, many of these beauties can be worn way past the holiday season, many even all year long.
Maybe it’s because I spent a good part of the week before last in a much greener part of the state, but blues and greens have been much on my mind lately. In the Desert Southwest, the color blue is extremely well represented with our huge, ever changing blue skies. But since the monsoon rains have been virtually nonexistent so far, the desert is still a toasty brown. I long for the rains and the land to green up like it normally does this time of the year and be a perfect complement to the blue skies.
Several weekends ago, I was driving by a second hand book store that is run by the local library. Those that know me well know that I am an avid reader - am often at my most happiest when reading a good book with Seamus snoozing by my side. Since the bookstore was open, the Dog Mobile swerved into the parking lot and I walked into the store. It didn’t take me long to find a stack of books that HAD to go home with me, an eclectic mixture to be sure.
Since my family has a LOT of Scots Irish in them, I grew up listening to Irish ballads and bagpipe music. St. Patrick's Day has always been a favorite celebration (although no watered down green beer for us - had to do it right with Guinness Stout!). St. Patrick's Day was also celebrated as the start of the spring planting season for gardens and flower beds. Since Ireland is supposed to have forty shades of green, the start of planting season always seemed very appropriate.
Gorgeous Handmade Greens for Christmas Gift Giving - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday - December 8, 2015
Christmas is drawing ever nearer. Because of this, my Wonderful Handmade Wednesday blog last week featured artisan made items in red. This week the color chosen is green - red and green, traditional holiday colors. But then I started wondering, “Hmmmmm . . . where did the tradition of red and green being “Christmas colors” come from?” An inquiring mind wanted to know so the google search began.