One of the people I work with who commutes from New Jersey mentioned that he saw someone on the train this morning around 7:30 already drunk for St. Patty's Day. I think that sentence contains everything I hate about the holiday. Just the same, my co-worker told me the conversation went something like:
Him: I see you got started early.
Drunk: Yeah. I'm not even Irish, but I love St. Patty's Day. It's probably the closest the Irish get to Christmas.
I would just like to point out to this unnamed drunk that Christmas is the closest the Irish get to Christmas. Crazy as it may seem, the Irish celebrate Christmas. I know. I 've seen it with my own eyes. Both the Catholics and the Protestants celebrate the birth of Christ. It was one of the few things they agree on.