It’s crazy to believe, but St. Patrick’s Day is only 4 days away. WHAT? Seriously.
I’ve had the best time chatting all things green and gold with you guys the last few weeks. If you missed any of the fun:
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Lastly, for my gals who love beer this post shows you how to make green beer without artificial coloring! Did I mention that it also detoxifies while you drink it? INCREDIBLE.
Let’s get back to today’s shenanigans.
It seems like so often we skip to the next holiday in the year without taking time to fully enjoy the one right in front of us. People always talk about this with putting out the Christmas decor way before Thanksgiving is over. But it goes farther than just the stores or the mainstream holidays like Christmas.
It happens with the smaller holidays too. Easter was already on the shelves the day after Valentine’s. CRAZY… it was nearly two months away at that point. But we are pushed to hurry to the next big thing.
I’m TOTALLY guilty of this too. Anyone else? We had just barely wrapped up our Valentine’s dinner out when I asked my fiancé what we were going to do for St. Patty’s. I think it’s natural – getting excited for the next thing. Looking forward to what is to come. But I think it’s also SO important to slow down a bit. Especially with holidays & other special events.
It’s important to take time to enjoy our friends & family. But how do we force ourselves to focus on the present? It’s probably superficial – but I always like to leave up decor for a few days after the holiday. It helps me soak it in a bit more. I think it also forces you to not even start thinking about the next holiday. You know you won’t be able to do any prep until 3 days after the last holiday ended.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s SO tempting to take it all down so I can start dreaming up what the next celebration will look like. Decorating my apartment for a holiday is probably one of my favorite things to do.
In many ways, it goes right along with how fast paced we are as a culture. People say it all the time, but it goes deep into everything we do.
We want everything fast, right now, & delivered. Why shouldn’t we? It’s there, so we take advantage. But when we want the drive-thru version of that SO crucial time when we make our fondest memories, that’s when it went too far.
When was the last time you looked back on a year of your life and thought WOW that one day I just got so much done and totally crushed it. Of course we remember accomplishments, but extreme efficiency doesn’t stick. What does resonate is people & experiences. It’s the environments where memories like these are made that we need to seek out – to create more & fully enjoy it when it’s in front of us.
I remember one St. Patrick’s Day as a child, I told my mother I wanted to set up a St. Patty’s Day craft sale. The prep started about a month ahead. I bought all sorts of supplies from craft stores and online. I worked on it just about every day after school, making each item just right, and setting up my little store in our living room. I planned to sell my items to our family and friends that came over for our St. Patty’s day party.
I couldn’t begin to tell you how much money I made, or even what the crafts were. But I do remember sitting there behind my little booth and talking with EVERYONE – sharing my items, helping each person find the perfect item that was uniquely for them. It was the relationship that made the memory.
St. Patrick’s Day looks a lot different now that I’m older. I still make a big batch of corned beef and cabbage like my mother used to – it’s my taste of home. The days of selling crafts or wearing shamrock socks (even though I may still secretly wear them under my boots) are over. But I still make an effort to create memories. I love to invite over friends and make just about every green appetizer they could imagine. I wear green to work the whole week leading up to St. Patty’s day.
This weekend, take some time to enjoy friends and family – however is your style. If it’s for a traditional Irish dinner all together, go for it. If dyeing a keg of beer green is more your speed – do that. The important thing is the people around you and the memories you are making. Take time to do a little more of that this weekend.