St. Patty’s Day – Green or Orange?


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St. Patty’s Day ~ Green or Orange?

My earliest St. Patrick’s Day memories are from elementary school – probably third or fourth grade, when I had no clue and got pinched by a classmate for not wearing green. My mother didn’t seem to know too much about it either – but then that makes at least some sense, given that as far back as we’ve been able to track her genealogy, there don’t seem to be any Roman Catholics. French Protestants (Huguenots) and Scotch Irish (Presbyterians) didn’t cuddle up too much with Christians who honored Rome, a trend reaching at least back to the sixteenth century.

Those factoids, once I came to understand them, gave me quite the dilemma: get pinched, or be disloyal. I opted to go green, but I remember feeling at least a tinge of guilt.

I think it was my grad school years in Chicago that turned the tide. There is nothing quite like being downtown for that parade and seeing an entire river turn green – it’s simply a celebration, and no one really cares what anyone else’s heritage is. I’ve worn green on March 17 ever since, and even learned to make boiled dinner with beef brisket (on tonight’s menu!).

As much fun as I’ve had with the wearin’ o’ the green, I feel I always must pause to honor the deep tensions and centuries of struggle between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland.  A Universalist who honors all paths to the sacred, I find my heart breaks for persons and nations who fight one another for religious reasons. I’m relieved that Ulster is finally relatively peaceful and hope it will be lasting.

Hubs and I take these values into our fiction (no surprise there!). We champion the underdog and write characters who do the same. Our most recent release is part of a book filled with such characters – the Lesbian Erotic Fiction anthology Sapphic Planet, where we have a short story, “Accidental Contact.” Here’s the book blurb and our story blurb – and you can link to a couple of excerpts HERE and HERE.

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“Accidental Contact” is a lesbian cougar story. Natalie and the much younger Bridgette are real estate agents who’ve often traveled together for business seminars. Now they’re snowbound in New York City in a hotel room with only one bed. Will Natalie dare to make her move?


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58 Responses to “St. Patty’s Day – Green or Orange?”

  1. While our family has always been aligned with the orange side, we wear green on St. Pat’s. Dad’s family came from Ireland with the famine, Mom’s side from Scotland. An interesting mix, to say the least! Besides, green goes so well with my red hair and green eyes. 😉 Have a fun hop! I’ll have to check out Sapphic Planet soon, after I get a few edits out of the way.

    • What a mix – lots of stories there, I’ll bet! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy Sapphic Planet & good luck with the edits!

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  2. Fab!!! Everyone is Irish on Saint Patty’s day! That’s the fun of it!


  3. Erin Go Bragh! I don’t really look good in Green so I’d side with Orange!

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  4. I love a dark Kelly Green – hardly ever wear orange, actually!

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  5. I’ve never heard of people wearing orange guess I learn something new every day huh lol.

    Happy St. Pattys Day!


    • LOL! not so much here in this country, but you can bet it’s been worn heaps in Ulster. Comes from William III (William of Orange).

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  6. Green or orange? Franky, I wouldn’t be caught dead in either. Sooo not my colors though I do like these colors in other things 😉

    Erica 🙂

  7. Happy St. Patty’s Day


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  8. Happy St. Paddy’s Day! carrieannryanwrites(at)

  9. I don’t mind green, there’s a little green in my hubby’s brown eyes so… 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win!


    • Hillary Curran
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  10. Well more aligned with the orange side with my family, but I always wear green for the day and look forward to cooking corn beef and cabbage.
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  11. I always wear green. I love St.Patricks Day.

    • debbie
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    • Sweet!

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  12. Green because it matches my eyes.

    • Sarah
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  13. Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

  14. Green
    Happy St Patrick”s day

    all the best


    • miki
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  15. Green, definitely. It’s one of my favorite colors. 🙂
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    Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


  16. Thanks for being on the blog hop!

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  17. Happy Saint Patrick’s day 🙂

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  18. Always have worn green for St. Patty’s day although my hubby much prefers orange as it is his favorite color…but he wears it year round!

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  19. We don’t celebrate St. Patric Day in my country, so I don’t have any memories to share. When I see the TV relations from other countries there are many drinking and singing people wearing funny hats. I think for most it’s just an excuse to get drunk. However I like the other symbol of Ireland – clover.
    A four-leaf clover brings luck. I loved looking for them as a child.



    • Joan
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  20. I am a wee bit o’ Irish. I always hated getted pinched in school if we forgot to wear green.

    Happy St Pattys Day !

    • kym
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    • My hubs has a wee bit o’ Irish in him too, but he’d never heard of the pinching part, so thanks for confirming that!

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  21. I try to wear green on ST Patrick’s Day, if I can remember. lol
    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

    • Mary Doherty
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  22. I do try to put on something green for St. Patrick’s Day. I have on a green sweater now 🙂 Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

    • Na
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  23. I’m not Irish, but I usually wear something green just cause.

    • Anne
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  24. I wear green on St. Patty’s day if I remember. Fortunately nobody pinches me if I forget. 🙂


    • Ashley E
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  25. Thanks so much for the great giveaway!
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    • Rhonda D
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  26. I signed up for your email.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    Our family wears green!

    • Lisa Walker
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    • Thanks, Lisa – so that enters you in all three contests! Good luck with the e-reader grand prize!


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  27. been wearing green all week!

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    • Cathy m
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  28. Green! I didnt know some wore orange. Huh. Cool. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    I signed up for your newsletter.

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  29. Thanks for the post! I prefer green over orange – color wise 😉
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    • Shannon
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  30. Definitely green
    Happy St Patty’s Day
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    • June
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  31. Looks like a lot of votes for green! I’ve never actually worn orange on March 17th – seems disrespectful, somehow. But there are huge Orange parades in Ulster in the summer months, with a past history of sectarian violence but largely peaceful now.

    Anyway, green tomorrow!!


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  32. Green-Catholic! Great post! Signed up to follow you pretty much everywhere, lol. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    • MMmm, I LOVE the sound of that :)!

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  33. I would have to go with green, orange just doesn’t go with my red hair dye!! lol I signed up for the newsletter.


    • Sue Sattler
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  34. Green.

    • LaTanya
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  35. Green…but because its my favorite color 🙂 Happy Saint Pattys Day!

    • Nikki
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  36. No green and definitely no orange for me. I don’t like either color.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


    • Andrea I
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  37. Happy St. Paddy’s Day.

    Now I don’t celebrate it so to everyone else have fun!

    Thanks for this giveaway!


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  38. I think green is more Irish, but I do not nor have I ever owned any clothes that were green or orange!
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    • Juliana
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  39. GREEN!! I love green. That and Orange looks funny on me.
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  40. Thank you so much for participating in this hop!

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  41. Thanks for the chance to win.


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  42. thanks for t he hop and then hop you in joy the hop and then
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  43. Dark Green
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    • Lauren
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  44. Happy St. Patrick’s Day & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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  45. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I signed up for the newsletter.


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  46. Until today I had never heard of wearing any other color than greem…wery interesting.


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  47. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Nice story.

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    • Thank you for the giveaway!

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  48. I usually wear green…this is my first encounter with the green vs. orange question.

  49. Green. Its my favorite color.

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  50. So, who is the winner of this contest?

    • Joan
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  51. Whoops!!! And the winner is *** Drum Roll *** Menina has won a $10 gift certificate to All Romance E-Books! Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and commenting – and I hope you’re all entered in my newsletter contest for a $20 certificate. Sign up by March 31 to enter!

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