This week I had the privilege to play with my nieces and nephews and some of their friends. We did some fun crafts, so I decided to write a little piece about what you can do with your kids for fun on St. Pattys Day. I hope people are able to read this and take something from it! Enjoy
Holidays are always a welcome experience to break up the monotony of everyday living. They allow us to bond with our families and friends, they let people of all ages just kick back and have some fun and they maintain traditions that have lived on for hundreds of years. When people think about holidays the focus generally shifts to holidays like Christmas or Halloween or Thanksgiving, but there are plenty of other holidays out there that are rich in history and fun for the whole family and one of them is St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday made to commemorate the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. St. Patrick was one of the first people to bring Christianity to Ireland and is well known for a legend that states that he explained the Holy Trinity through the use of a shamrock, which is a clover that grows in Ireland and generally has three leaves.
St. Patrick’s Day is now celebrated in many different countries, not just Ireland. The people who celebrate it generally take part in the various traditions of St. Patrick’s Day such as wearing green, going to parades and going to church. It’s also common to see people wearing some form of shamrock during St. Patrick’s Day.
There are many different ways you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the whole family. For instance, you can cook some Irish food. Corned beef and cabbage is a very popular Irish dish to make on St. Patrick’s Day. In addition, there are dishes such as Irish soda bread, corned beef pizza and deserts such as lime pie and green velvet cupcakes. It’s always fun to try new and exciting dishes that are popular in other countries. You can find numerous recipes for traditional Irish meals through a quick search on the Internet or various cookbooks.
Another option is to get creative with regular food. Some people dye their food green for St. Patrick’s Day or arrange it so there are many green items on the menu. A fun option for the kids is to make shamrock shaped sugar cookies made with green sugar on top. You can also let them decorate some cupcakes with icing in Irish designs.
The fun doesn’t have to end with the food. You and your children can also have fun with some St. Patrick’s Day arts and crafts. For example, with some green, black and gold construction paper or felt, some scissors and glue or tape you and your children can make leprechaun hats to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. You can also get some cardboard, green paint, scissors and safety pins to make shamrock pins that you all can wear. You can also stick with a classic and get some gold construction paper along with a small cutout of a shamrock to make a gold paper chain shamrock necklace. Some free time to draw can also exercise their imaginations for St. Patrick’s Day.
Celebrating the holidays with your children is one of the best feelings a parent can get and it creates some great memories for your children as well. Break out your best green clothes, grab a shamrock and gather your children so you can all celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to the fullest.
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