Welcome to the St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop! Comment to win a $10 gift card to All Romance eBooks. Your comment also enters in the big Blog Hop giveaway of either a Kindle Fire or a $90 eBook gift card!
I am pleased to be a part of this holiday Blog Hop, though I claim no Irish ancestry. Some like to joke that we're all Irish on this one day, but as this day also commemorates a Catholic saint I suppose I get half credit. :-)
I have no Irish-themed books, but if you browse my book list you will hopefully find a story that catches your interest. As this is a holiday blog, though, I thought I would share some of the quirkier things associated with the holiday. I hope you'll enjoy the blog in the spirit it is meant to convey.
When we think of St. Patrick's Day, we think of the color green. We wear green clothes to avoid being pinched - my seven year old is adamant that we keep this tradition. Some of us enjoy a traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage, and a green beer - not sure if our Irish ancestors drank that exactly, but it's one use for green food coloring.
Other things you may see only during this time include:
The Shamrock Shake - Truthfully, I haven't had one of these in years, not since I was working at McD's in high school. The shake had a chalky mint taste back then. Perhaps it's improved now - I do know that the Shamrock Shake has quite the cult following, like the McRib.
Thin Mints - Green desserts and snacks are typically mint, and these Girl Scout treats are the epitome of mint goodness. They may not be synonymous with St. Patrick's, but they appear around the same time. In my house, they disappear soon afterward.
TV Specials - I find it interesting that of all the holidays Charlie Brown and company covered in their CBS TV specials, they didn't do St. Patrick's Day. I suppose It's a Leprechaun, Charlie Brown didn't have quite the ring to it, but it hasn't stopped other shows from doing themed episodes. Case in point, The Drew Carey Show had one about a sex drug getting into the beer supply on the biggest beer-drinking day of the year:
...and a good time was had by all.
Is there something you look forward to on St. Patrick's Day? Leave a comment, and I'll enter you in my giveaway.