Happy Monday! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This weekend was a mix of getting some spring cleaning and organizing done, meeting new friends, and volunteering at a local county park, and spending quality time with my family. All in all, a great time!
For the months of March and April, FMM is moving locations. Sarah over at Losing Weight and Having Fun is hosting FMM for the time being, and I’m excited to discover her blog and meet a bunch of new bloggers.
If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: Losing Weight and Having Fun so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!
FMM: Holiday Traditions
1. Do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day? This is what I wore to school today:
My family and I have always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by eating corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes, and Irish soda bread. I went to my parents’ house last night, in fact. Seven years ago my favorite uncle passed away on St. Patrick’s Day after a rather sudden illness, and so now it’s also become a time for us to remember him.
2. Which is your favorite holiday to celebrate? I think I’d have to say Christmas, since it’s a whole season of being kind, preparing for family and friends to visit, and giving gifts.
3. Do you have a favorite ‘holiday’ food? In my Italian family, each holiday comes with its own assortment of traditional foods, so it would be hard to choose just one. I guess if pressed, I’d have to say that I love having ravioli on Christmas Day.
4. What do you think of holiday parades? I don’t really think much of them, to be honest. I enjoy watching the Thanksgiving Day parades on TV in the background, but other than that, I don’t really watch holiday parades.
5. Have you ever been part of a parade? Yes, several years ago I marched in the San Francisco Gay Pride parade with friends who were working with an organization called Stop AIDS. We all wore shirts that said, “Got Condoms?” because the Got Milk? campaign was new that year. It was an amazing experience! Such a celebration of life, with the underlying reminder that so many people had fought hard for freedoms that people now were able to experience. My own uncle was part of the marches and vigils in San Francisco after Mayor Mascone and Harvey Milk were assassinated.
6. Do you decorate your house for the holidays? Yes, I decorate for every holiday and season. This weekend I spent time decorating for spring. My wreath on the front door and my welcome mat both have pretty flowers. I change out the throw pillows on my living room couch, and decorate my dining table, as well.
7. Do you send holiday cards? I send out Christmas cards to my family and friends every year. I love getting all the photo cards from my friends with families, and even though I’m single, I still like to do it. I think it’s a sweet tradition. I usually also send out Valentine’s Day cards to my close friends and my immediate family.
8. Are there any holidays that you celebrate that are traditional in another country, but maybe less well known in the US? Nope. There are a few Italian saints’ days that my mom’s side of the family used to celebrate when I was younger, like the Feast of San Giuseppe, but we don’t celebrate it anymore.
Now it’s your turn to answer the questions! And also be sure to go back to Sarah’s blog and leave a link to your FMM post in the comments! I really encourage you to comment on as many people’s posts as you can – I’ve met some fantastic people through FMM. You never know who you’ll meet today.