St. Patrick's Day: The Feast of Saint Patrick
Celebrated on the 17th of March, St. Patrick's Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also is a celebration of Irish culture in general. There are parades and festivals, and people celebrating usually wear green and decorate with shamrocks. Whether you traditionally celebrate St. Patrick's Day or not, you can still make the day all about the color green. Here are some ways to play up the color green on March 17th!
Possibly the best way to start off the day is by having a spread of green food for everyone to enjoy when they wake up. It doesn't have to be much; make some yummy pancakes with green food coloring, blend up some "green" smoothies with spinach and various fruit, or get a little creative with green eggs and ham. Adults and kids alike love a little variety at breakfast, and this gives you a chance to introduce your kids to the holiday if they aren't familiar with it.
This one is simple. Let your kids pick out their own green outfit for the day! If you don't quite trust that their choices (however innocent they may be) will be school-appropriate, pick out different articles for them to choose from and put together into a complete outfit. Show them how you've put together your own green outfit and encourage their individual sense of style.
A Green Craft
When your kids get home from school that day get a small craft together for them to enjoy. Their school may have already incorporated some St. Patrick's celebration into their day, so don't feel like you need to go all out. Just make a memory with them that you can keep on file. Here's an example:
- Coffee Clovers – Grab a basic coffee filter and trace a shamrock for you or your little one to cut. Pour some liquid watercolor paint into a cup or bowl and give your child a water dropper. For your older children, challenge them to control their squeezes by dropping one drop of paint at a time onto the shamrock. The result will be a green clover as the coffee filter absorbs the paint!
So, what are your plans for this St. Patrick's Day? Hopefully it involves all things green!