Friday, March 15, 2013

Give Me 5 for Friday: St. Patrick's Day Edition

It's that time of year again. 

It's like the Olympics for Irish people, especially here in the United States.  They train for it.  They prepare.  They anticipate.  It's their favorite holiday.  It's St. Patrick's Day.

How do I know how much the Irish love this holiday?  Well, because I'm Irish.  And I was raised by someone who has more Kelly green that the average bear, including jackets and shoes.  She wears shamrock stickers on her face this time of year along with pins and shamrock earrings.  She is my mother.

Since I am Irish and my husband is also Irish and many of my friends are Irish, I have a great deal of experience with this culture here in America.  I know there are many, many stereotypes regarding the Irish.  And I am here to tell you something....

They are true.

So if you are looking to celebrate this weekend in true, stereotypical Irish style, here are 5 things you can do:


1.  Drink a Guinness.
Come on.  It's St. Patrick's Day weekend.  Even if you are not a dark beer kind of person, go ahead and enjoy at least one Guinness.  Hell, from what I hear they even tell pregnant women to drink one a day. 

If you really don't like Guinness, drink LOTS and LOTS of any other beer.  Just drink beer.  Got it?

2.  Drink shots of Jameson until you are red-faced and tearing up while listening to "Oh Danny Boy".
That song will get you every time.
Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling...

3.  Hang out with someone named "Sully" or "Mac".
My mom's maiden name is Sullivan...so I have known quite a few "Sullys".

4.  Eat corned beef brisket until your fingers are swollen like sausages from all of the sodium.
Yum, I can't wait to have some this weekend.  You can even cook it in Guinness than cross off both #1 and 4 from this list.  Jackpot.

5.  Go to a parade, eat Irish soda bread, drink some Bailey's in your coffee, or get in several alcohol-induced yet harmless arguments.
I put these all together because basically there are so many more stereotypical Irish things you could do than just 5.  Why limit yourself?  You can feel free to choose any or all of these.

After reading my list, I hope you are all well prepared to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day weekend.  And the weekend starts....NOW. 

Slainte!
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