I don't mean to bum you out on St. Patrick's Day, but I feel like you need to know the facts. Grab a green beer, and let's get you some info to impress your friends with.

First off let me say, I am not Irish. Although, everyone assumes I am with the name Shannon, the fact that my hair is kinda reddish, and because my husband is obsessed with Notre Dame "The Fightin' Irish."  I am actually 75% Swedish, and 25% German. My husband does have some Irish in him, but just a little bit from what I have been told by my Mother-in-law. However, he and his brother act like they are full blood Irishmen when March 17th rolls around. Don't get me started on that.

I bring this up only because I can't wait to impress Spencer and my Brother-in-law (more like upset them) with this information I came across about one of their favorite holidays. Maybe it will get me out of having to eat corned beef and cabbage since it's not a traditional Irish meal.

Since I want to redeem myself for telling you that what we know about St. Patrick's day is wrong, I found this. What's redeeming about it you ask? It says that the Church lifts Lenten restrictions on alcohol and eating on St. Patrick's Day. I don't know if that is actually true, but it's what I read.

Happy St. Patrick's Day Ya'll! Have fun, be safe, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Just for fun I thought I'd share a few pics of my family's past St. Pats celebrations...

Spencer and I
My Bro-in-law Kris making my Mom take her first Irish Car Bomb shot
My Sister-in-law Jody also enjoys the Irish Car Bomb

And...to get her love of St. Patrick's Day started early, Ella received this gift from her Uncle Kris and Aunt Jody over the weekend.

What's your favorite St. Patrick's Day tradition?