What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day?
Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish.
I’m looking forward to wearing my green outfit and remembering my great trip to Ireland with my daughter in 2015. We heard from a woman who shares the same Irish ancestors about research she’d done. She told us our ancestor, Henry Baylee, had lived in Kilkishen, County Clare. Lisa and I decided to go visit. See my article, “Visit to Ireland Is Magic,” for details.
Americans will spend a record amount this year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, with spending expected to reach $5.3 billion, according to a survey prepared for the National Retail Federation.