I’m not actually looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day and that’s nothing against the Irish or St. Patrick. I think many of our holidays and festivals have been taken over by consumerism where the primary rituals now seem to revolve around spending on things instead of just spending time with people, enjoying food and drink in their company. If you think St. Patrick’s Day is about dressing in green, eating green food, and drinking lots of green beer, then you’ve either lost, or been misled about, the meaning of the occasion.
While I’ve done my share of quaffing pints of Guinness on March 17, I guess I’m getting tired of crowded faux Irish pubs packed to the rafters, stinking of spilled beer, struggling to get service from stressed staff. Instead, I’ll probably just make a fine Irish stew and enjoy it at home, toasting St. Pat and the people of Eire with a pint of stout. Maybe I’m getting old.