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Murfreesboro wrote:I think Mike (Pumpkin Man) usually has a family celebration, as that is his heritage.
My husband considers himself German (though he is really only half-German), and I don't think he has any Irish ancestry at all. I have a little, thrown in there with a ton of other ethnicities. I started trying to "keep" St. Patrick's Day several years ago by making an Irish-themed meal for my family, but they aren't crazy about the food. They do seem to like the soda bread I make (although the recipe I have calls for sugar, and I believe I've read that the most traditional type isn't sweet). I love corned beef & cabbage, but my family does not. However, I have learned that this is really an American Irish meal, learned from their proximity to the Jewish sectors in the big cities (corned beef is a Jewish thing), so last year I tried an Irish stew. Had to use beef, though, as lamb is very hard to come by in the American South. It was good, but my husband has never liked stew.
Lots of the Irish recipes I find use root vegetables, which I happen to love, but my husband does not. Traditional Southern cooking uses lots of turnips and stuff like that, and so do the Irish. I also never met cabbage in any form that I didn't love, but my husband does not share my enthusiasm for it.
I suspect that whatever Irish ancestry I have is most likely from the Protestant side, i.e., more Scotch-Irish than Irish. My mother's family has lots of redheads, but I have always heard that her dad's people were mainly Scotch-Irish & Welsh. One of my sons is a redhead, or a "ginger," as he likes to call himself.
I have never lived in a city that had a St. Patrick's Day parade.
I'd say that my family does have some slight connection to Ireland through me, but we have none at all to Mexico. Yet it is easier for me to get them to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, since they all love Mexican food!
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