Don your best green shirt and be ready to pinch anyone who isn’t! St. Patrick’s Day is here again! And remember, “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.”
I personally love the holiday. I don’t know why, because I don’t have a personal connection with it. My family has zero Irish in its lineage.
But I think if I had to guess why I like the holiday so much, it’s for a laundry list of reasons. For starters, something about St. Patrick’s Day tells me that we’re either approaching spring at lightning speed, or that we’re already there. The green on the trees seems to be creeping back around this time, and it feels almost serendipitous that it does.
Then there’s the food. I love the food on St. Patrick’s Day! Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and other veggies. Some people like to drink green beer on the day, but I’m not a beer drinker, so I can’t give any input on this in either direction. But I will say it looks fun. If I had to drink anything green on the day, I would probably be that one person drinking green Kool-Aid and trying to look cool. And as much as I love that corned beef when it’s freshly made, I also love eating the leftovers, warmed up or cold. Don’t judge me. Corned beef is delicious regardless of whether it’s hot or cold.
Why Wear Green?
Let’s go back for a second to the point about wearing a green shirt. St. Patrick’s Day gives everyone an excuse to wear something fun that’s green. It could be a shirt, socks, shoes or even putting something green in your hair. A few years back, I bought a cheap green necklace that looks like a tie. And before that, I bought a super cheap green fedora from Target. These kinds of small things used to put a smile on my face because it gave me a chance to be silly.
I have known some people over the years who love to buy a shamrock shake from McDonald’s on St. Patrick’s Day. My first job was working at the golden arches, and I’ll tell you that those shakes were insanely popular whenever March 17th rolled around. Maybe it was the fact that the shakes were green, or that they had a hint of mint to them. Or maybe it was the fact that it was something fun.
What is your favorite part about St. Patrick’s Day? Is it the food, the green clothes or something else? Do you have any fun traditions that your family and friends celebrate?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
The team with Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling will have a St. Patrick’s Day potluck in the office, and I know how excited everyone will be for this. We’ve asked everyone to bring in a food inspired by the day, and I’m sure this will include a lot of sweet treats that happen to be green. No green beer allowed at the potluck, but maybe someone will bring in a fun green drink. We’ll have to wait and see!
In the meantime, I’m going to be anxiously waiting for the corned beef dinner and the leftovers for a couple days after that. I’m also going to end this blog with an Irish blessing for everyone and anyone reading this.
“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”