St. Patrick's Day is a big deal in our family. With Irish ancestors on both sides, we really get into the spirit of things. Ryan's aunt has a big St. Patrick's Day every year, and I always make a corned beef and cabbage dinner for us to enjoy on St. Patrick's Day.
Some of our St. Patrick's Day decor is special because we received some of the items for wedding gifts. The mantel decor holds some of our special Irish treasures.
This copper Irish claddagh was a gift from Ryan's aunt for our wedding. The Irish claddagh is dated back to the 1700s and is a traditional Irish symbol of love (heart), friendship (hands), and loyalty (crown.)
These porcelain ornaments were also a wedding gift from some very special family friends. The tops of the ornaments are encircled with a gold Irish claddagh and each ornament has a line from a well known Irish prayer:
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
and until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
This white cross with the shamrocks on it was also a wedding gift. We received this gift from Ryan's cousin. I put it in this tall glass cylinder cozy in a bed of green paper shreds.
This is one of our engagement pictures. Oh, my we look so young! Ryan is holding me in his arms in this picture. The picture was taken in October of 1999. My sister gave us this frame as an anniversary gift several years ago.