By Jenna Morton
I'm not one to turn down a reason to celebrate. I've drank my share of green beer, pints, and Shamrock Shakes. I have a wardrobe of silly shirts wearable only on March 17. I've even spent the day celebrating with The Chieftains on one of their rare St. Patrick's Day shows held in Canada. But I also know there's another side to things.
Irish-born songwriter Andy White sums it up perfectly: Nothing ever happened at all on St. Patrick’s Day. Until the 1990s, Ireland didn't celebrate St. Patrick's Day the way North America does. It was a quiet holiday, a day kids knew meant Spring was coming.
So for any parent feeling like Pinterest has convinced your friends you need to eat green pancakes for breakfast, pack a rainbow lunch for your kids, build a leprechaun trap for dessert, and festoon your home with shamrocks crafts – don't. (By all means, do every one of those things if you feel like it; I have the links because I've considered them all.) But if you don't: take the high road and tell the Facebook gawkers you're celebrating the true spirit of St. Patrick's Day. No green beer. No wild getups. Just a quiet acknowledgement that Spring will surely arrive soon. And perhaps sip a Guinness with your corned beef hash.