Happy Saint Patrick’s Dayto you! Are you wearing your green todayor do you, perhaps, enjoy the pinching part of this particular holiday?
I remember as a child how exciting it was to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There was such a playfulness involved in this holiday. We would go to school, our green articles artfully hidden from plainview, in an attempt to trick our classmates. Someone would approach you, fingers perched to pinch, when you would suddenly produce your safety net with an “Aha! I’ve gotgreen socks on! No pinches!” I always thought it would be so smart to wear green underpants. “No one is going to guess I’ve got these on” I would giggle to myself, marveling at how smart I was. Until I was asked to produce proof of such green. Yeah. Not so smart.
For you history buffs, Saint Patrick’s day has officially been celebrated in Ireland sincethe early 1600’s, commemorating the country’s most commonly recognized patron saint. It’s long been recognized as a Christian holiday in Ireland but has since taken a more secular approach celebrating theIrish culture in countries throughout the world.
I’ve always enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day for the sheer casualness it has taken on in this country. There are typically no gifts, no formal dinners, and no candy-coated chocolate eggs (my thighs do not need another one of those holidays.) It’s innocent fun complete with shamrocks, corned beef and cabbage and green beer. It’s enjoyed by both thereligious and the secular and seems to be widely accepted to be just that.
Whether it be withprayer, green beer or both,celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your own style and take the time to enjoy it!