Luck of the Irish

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and while it’s very easy to get caught up in the fun, happy-go-lucky nature of the holiday, there are many interesting facts about the worldwide celebration.  For starters, research by showed that Americans spend an average of $38.94 every year on St. Patrick’s Day—that’s $4.5 billion! (1) Also, Americans exchange around 8 million cards for the Irish holiday.  Although St. Patrick’s Day has only been observed in American since the late eighteenth century, it’s clear it has made a lasting impression. Continue reading