By Mary Sue Somyak. Growing up I remember going to the kitchen on St. Patrick’s Day morning, welcomed by a new “Kiss Me” pin, some gold chocolate coins and other green gadgets at my place setting. Now that I am a grown Irish gal I immediately call my parents early on St. Patrick’s Day to claim “Erin Go Bragh” and then celebrate this festive Feast Day enjoying green beer with my friends. However, this year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday. While some may revel the night away and manage to work the next day, those of us without livers of steel may need to steer clear of the obvious holiday objective. Keeping our bodies and our hangovers in mind, here are four ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, without the headache.
- Wear Green. This one is obvious. Whether you sport a pin, a necklace, or go all out with a head-to-toe green outfit, wearing green ensures you are involved in the cheerful day and relieves you of pinches from people like me.
- Eat and/or drink something green. There are so many clever cocktail and cupcake recipes online. With or without booze, there are plenty of treats to share with co-workers, friends and family. Feeling traditional? Bake some soda bread or make some corned beef and cabbage. You could also start the holiday with a healthy option, like a Green Machine Smoothie from Honey Good. Or, my favorite option, nosh on shamrock shakes or cookies (or both) and create a green cocktail. Sláinte!
- Educate yourself. Ever wonder what the heck a Blarney Stone is or what “Erin Go Bragh” means? Do you know who St. Patrick was or why his feast day is on March 17? Start with some history or download an app to find out! Then please share with others: design a trivia game for a lunch time activity with co-workers, quiz your social media networks or make a Bingo card for your kids. Sure it seems a little nerdy, but there are some really interesting tidbits everyone should know. For example, did you know that St. Patrick’s Day parades actually started in America, or that St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish? Cool, huh?
- Get crafty. This holiday pleads for your creativity. Green hues aside, you have rainbows and pots of gold to work with, folks. That’s a color palate any DIYer or crayon-loving kid would love. Or take the easy route and get a free printable picture online and pop it in a frame. I won’t judge.
St. Patrick’s Day is so much more than an excuse to drink all day in crowded bars. This fun holiday celebrates family and friends as parades and dances congregate across the country and world. Please enjoy this holiday and allow me to conclude with an old Irish Blessing: “Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.”
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