Growing up, my mom made St. Patrick’s Day a big deal in our house. Even though we aren’t one drop Irish she went all out – forcing us to eat corned beef and cabbage, making us green 7up and giving us little gifts. So you can see why I grew up loving this holiday. Here are my top eight reasons why St Patty’s Day is one of the best days of the year.
The Color Green – There are infinite shades of green so this color looks good on everyone. And for someone with red hair like me, all of the shades look amazing.
Shamrock Shakes – This glorious snack is only available during the St Patty’s day season and I will never understand why. EVERYONE LOVES THEM. And if you don’t love them, you’re crazy. Maybe it’s the limited availability, the minty goodness or that it gives you an excuse to go to McDonald’s every week – for whatever reason, Shamrock Shakes rock and you can’t argue with that.
Nail Decals – Shamrocks are probably the cutest shape ever. And you know what makes them cuter? When they are mini and on your nails, obviously.
Food – Potatoes are one of my favorite foods and nothing is more Irish than a potato (besides cabbage maybe, which is just gross). You can use this holiday as an excuse to eat potatoes all day. Baked potatoes, breakfast potatoes, green mashed potatoes…the list goes on and on.
Green Beer – Enough said.
Themed Socks – Step in to any general store and you are bound to find dozens of shamrock printed socks in all sorts of patterns. My mom is a huge fan of St Patrick’s Day socks, so you can bet I get a new pair every year – and for that I will be forever grateful.
Face Tattoos – See explanation for “nail decals.”
PARTIES – Every Irish wannabe uses St Patrick’s Day as an excuse to start drinking at 9 a.m. and not come home until the wee hours of the morning. Need I say more on why this is the best day ever?
And here’s my obligatory warning – stay safe this weekend, kids. Don’t drive drunk. Don’t get roofied. And don’t do a power hour with one other person in the corner halfway through day drinking, or you’ll end up like this hot mess below: