But overall - we haven't pimped out St. Patrick's Day with cards and gifts to the point of other holidays. You pretty much just throw on a green shirt, maybe say "Happy St. Patrick's Day" a few times and call it a day. At least that's what we do. I think I might buy a $1 bag of those chocolate coins for the kids. I might pick up a box of Lucky Charms that week at the grocery store. But that's pretty much the extent of my consumerism for this holiday.
But you know what - St. Patrick's Day is such a fun holiday even with it's lack of consumerism. There's a plethora of parades and festivals - at least here in the Boston area. It's full of fun times - which is wonderful because life should be about fun times and experiences and not the pressure of giving gifts and gaining more possessions.
So party on, rock stars. I know I will - because it's the one holiday where it's cool to be a redhead. A real one to boot.