- The Hawk & Tom Show

March 17, 2020

If you're bummed to be spending St. Patrick's Day at home this year, here are a few tips to help you celebrate while social distancing . . .

1.  Watch some Irish movies.  "Harper's Bazaar" posted a list of more than 20 good ones you can look for on various streaming services.  And Screenrant.com ranked the ten best St. Patrick's Day SITCOM episodes of all time.

2.  Attend a virtual St. Patrick's Day party.  The Milwaukee Irish Fest is the largest Irish event in North America.  They'll be live-streaming performances and videos on social media.  Also, the Dropkick Murphys are streaming a show live from Boston with no audience.  (Distractify.com has a list with a few more.)

3.  If you've got kids, lean heavily on arts and crafts.  They'll need something to do that won't require going anywhere.  And you want it to take a while, so YOU can relax.  "Woman's Day" posted a list of 35 ideas you can check out.  And YouTube and Spotify have a ton of traditional Irish music you can stream while you get crafty.

4.  Brush up on your Irish-American history.  About 33 million Americans have Irish ancestors.  So it might be a good day to check out sites like Ancestry.com.  The website IrishTimes.com has a good guide for getting started.

5.  Cook some Irish food.  Delish.com has a ton of recipes.  Just don't DRINK too much.  Alcohol weakens your immune system, which is exactly what you don't want right now.  It's not clear what a "safe" amount looks like.  So definitely dial it back this year. 

6.  Celebrate with one of the traditional dishes in the United States.  Many restaurants across the U.S. will be serving it but you can make it yourself, too.  Try the following recipe, you will love it:  Easy Corn Beef & Cabbage 

7.  There’s more to it than drinking and pinching.  Check out:  7 Surprising Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

8.  Be sure to tip your bartender.  Here are:  5 St. Patrick’s Day Drink Recipes to make while Social Distancing.

9.  Here are St. Patrick's Day food deals if you're venturing out.

10. Well, maybe you can't go to a St. Patrick's Day parade, but you can celebrate at home, with this list of the best St. Patrick's Day sitcom episodes.