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There are about 35 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry and
roughly 145,000 U.S. residents who were born in Ireland. Most of us who
want to celebrate all that's great about being Irish do it on St.
Patrick's Day. But many people use the day as an excuse to get drunk,
whether on green beer or other alcohol.
Unfortunately, getting drunk is not one of the great things about the
Irish. Many of our ancestors buried under the beautiful Celtic crosses
in Ireland "drank themselves to death." So here are some tips for
celebrating a fun and joyful day of honoring the Irish while staying
Wear some green clothing--any shade. Get a leprechaun hat.
Spray your hair green; paint a shamrock on your cheek; wear a "Kiss Me I'm Irish" button.
Start your day with the magical cereal, Lucky Charms! Add green food coloring to your milk!
Cook some Corned Beef
and Cabbage; or traditional green and white Colcannon. Make some pasta
with green food coloring in the water and add some Alfredo sauce on top
with chopped parsley.
Make your own shamrock shakes--or you know where to get them!.
Get together with a group of
sober friends and watch an Irish movie (Once; The Commitments; Borstal
Boy; The Magdalene Sisters; Angela's Ashes; Waking Ned Divine; Michael
Put your feet up and celebrate Ireland's rich storytelling history by reading about some Irish myths and legends (Cu Chulainn, Finn MacCool, Oisin, Tir na nOg).
Attend a St. Patrick's Day parade with friends and family family and hear some Irish music.
Know that the next morning you will greet the sun with a smile and perhaps whistle Irish music you heard the previous day.
If you want to attend an event where there is drinking, bring a sober friend.
If you believe, like many, that drinking alcohol is genetically in your
Irish bloodline, you can break the chain by seeking recovery for
yourself, your family, and your children's children. Recovery is not
only possible; today recovery is real.
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