One of the few things I share with my birth mother, with whom I did not live while growing up, is a love of my Irish heritage. And I, of course, am not 100% Irish- but I quess you could say I'm just enough! And I have the hair to prove it. As did my mother and great-grandmother (and now my daughter).
I should maybe say up front that I am not Catholic, and St. Patrick's day is not about a Saint or religion to me, just about being Irish. And I won't drink a drop that day (well, maybe some Tea).
I love just about any holiday, even more so now that I have 3 children. While I know people who do not celebrate many holidays, for a variety of reasons, I always feel each holiday is what I make of it.
So I will leave you with my favorite Irish blessing:
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.