Last updated on March 23, 2016
By: Barbara Harmon, Assistant Editor
St. Patrick’s Day is on Thursday, March 17, and you will be certain to spot green-colored clothing around the campus of Volunteer State Community College.
Many people have traditions for this holiday, but here are some things to take into consideration.
Do not waste your time watching “Leprechaun in the Hood” or any from this series, unless you like fairly corny films.
If you are going to stay in, it may be better to watch a movie like “Blown Away” or the family-friendly “Luck of the Irish.”
There are many other wonderful Irish inspired films, but it really depends on how many times you want to hear the f-bomb.
Are you going to have the traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage?
“Corned beef and cabbage, as it would seem, is about as Irish as spaghetti and meatballs [are Italian].
“Evolving from the Irish bacon and cabbage, it was Irish immigrants in America who quickly swapped to corned beef as a less-expensive substitute for pork,” according to washingtontimes.com.
So go ahead and celebrate with this traditional Irish-American meal, and be thankful it is not drisheen and tripe.
You should not overindulge in beer just because it is green. Wearing your green on the outside is plenty. Your insides do not have to match.
“The Irish don’t bother with this foolish malarkey.
“As one Irish ex-pat living in America explained it when being interrogated about real St. Patrick’s Day customs back home, ‘if you dyed beer green in Ireland, they’d punch you,” according to Brad Tuttle on time.com.
There are other choices of Irish beverages, instead of beer. A popular black tea in Ireland is Barry’s Tea.
According to IloveIrishTea.com, “Barry’s Tea [is] imported from Ireland [and it’s] America’s favorite Irish tea.”
This could be your alternative to alcohol.
Have you ever heard of a lucky tattoo…really?
“A superstitious few might be under the impression that getting a four-leaf clover permanently drawn on your body is the ultimate way to score some instant luck, but don’t be fooled,” according to picosure.com.
“There’s nothing wrong with believing in a little magic, but when it comes to body art, you’re setting yourself and your artist up for failure and disappointment.
“If you happen to have the most unlucky day of your life following the tattoo session, then the tattoo serves as a constant reminder of it,” according to PicoSure.
If you want to keep the leprechauns away, do not forget to wear your greens.
If you want to keep fools from pinching you, do make sure these greens are visible.
Last but not least: Do not kiss someone just because their shirt reads “Kiss Me I’m Irish.”
More than likely…they are not.