It’s Shamrock Time
St. Patrick’s Day, a quirky little holiday that most associate with drinking and leprechauns, however, there is more to the day, which can be a fun holiday with your kid’s, and in my opinion, any day that you can have fun with your little one’s or start new traditions, why not go for it!
The night before most holidays, and several nights before at Christmas time, I read a book, or two, associated with the holiday. I usually try for a silly, fun book and a more meaningful story, to associate with. Two of our favorites are, The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day and, The Story of St. Patrick’s Day, but a full search in the children’s book department of Amazon, can be seen here and that way you can choose your favorites.
Fun Activities and Food
In the morning the kids find this Letter from a Leprechaun, feel free to download and print, and as the letter states, there are usually a couple things amiss in the house. Last year it was the green “pee”, as seen here… and you might think this weird or gross, but a to a little kid, this is hilarious! The Leprechaun usually mismatches their shoes or leaves some tracks and always leaves themed pencils, stickers or something of the like.
Being a special day, I treat the kids to Lucky Charms cereal. We live by an 85%/15% rule here, we strive for 85% organic and/or gluten/preservative/artificial color free, while the other 15% we save for days like this, holidays, pizza nights, sleep overs and so on. I have both, just given them the cereal with green milk and have made cereal bars for breakfast, for that recipe, click here.
My kids are big on crafts, so I try to incorporate something like that into the mix. Last year we made a piece of handprint art.
I used my kid’s hands to make rainbows from pots of gold and their fingerprints to make clovers. They had a blast and I get to bring that out now every year, and I love that! However, coloring a picture or cutting out clovers could be just as fun.
For lunch, I ask the kids if they want Shamrock Sandwiches or Pots of Gold.
Shamrock Sandwiches do require a clover cookie cutter, you can buy at almost any box store. I use it to cut the bread individually and then a few slices of your favorite deli meat. We don’t eat sliced cheese but that would work too, instead I opted to put chunks on the side like little pieces of gold. Pots of Gold, is as it appears, your favorite mac and cheese. I serve both with green milk. A tip on the milk, it takes awhile to get green. I would suggest turning a gallon or half gallon green, with regular food coloring, the night before.
For dinner we choose between a Ruben or Corned Beef and Cabbage, sometimes going out for the latter, and then we settle in for the night.
St. Patrick’s day might not be high on your list of holidays to celebrate, but remember in this busy world, any day to have some fun, do things differently and bring smiles, is well worth the thought and effort!
It’s just about some fun
I hope you found some inspiration for some fun and here is a little bit about the holiday, that you might appreciate, while you are celebrating.
In Irish lore, Saint Patrick gets credit for driving all the snakes out of Ireland. In reality, this probably didn’t occur, as there is no evidence that snakes have ever existed in Ireland, the climate being too cool for them to thrive and according to the fossil record, Ireland has never been home to any snakes. Modern scholars think the “snakes” Saint Patrick drove away were likely metaphorical and refer to pagan religious beliefs and practices.
Ever wonder why the day is associated with clovers? It has been said that St. Patrick used a three leaf clover to teach the mystery of the Holy Trinity, and how three things, the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit could be separate entities, yet one in the same. Perhaps, the pagan rulers of Ireland thought Patrick to be convincing because they converted to Christianity. So, though the four leaf clovers might be lucky, don’t over look your average clover!
Is it really an Irish holiday? Well, Ireland, followed by New Yorkers and Chicagoians, take St. Patrick’s Day very seriously, largely because the day became associated with the Irish independence movement, and the large Irish communities in both of those cities, but did you know that St. Patrick wasn’t Irish? He was actually born in Scotland, and his name was Maewyn Succat, however, he changed it to Patricius after becoming a priest.
Do you always wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? If St. Patrick were alive today, he would probably be wearing blue, as shown in the paintings of him, instead of the green that is associated with the holiday today, but to be safe, wear green, you don’t want to get pinched!
Care for a drink? Many go out for a festive drink, or 10, on this day, however, it once was a dry holiday, in Ireland, but now it is estimated to bring about $250 million, world wide, in bar tabs. Always tip your bartender 🙂
Here are some bonus facts: March 17th is the day that St. Patrick is said to have died. You have about a 1 in 10,000 chance to find a four leaf clover. Leprechauns do not steal their gold, like many think, according to Irish legend, they earned it by mending shoes and are protective of it. “Erin go Bragh” means, Ireland Forever!
Bet and Fam 🙂