The fact that it falls on a Saturday this year, just marks the perfect day for a little tomfoolery!
I happen to be of Irish decent, or so the family says. Granted, I have never set foot on the shores of Ireland, however, it doesn't take long for someone to take one look at me and ask, "Do you have Irish in your family?"
Something like this happened just this past Wednesday. I am sitting in the chiropractor's office and the doctor asks me this very question. I smiled and told him yes. He then asked, "By any chance black Irish?" The answer to that- Yep. (If you see someone with dark hair, super light blue eyes, and very fair skin - 9 times out of 10, the answer is yes.)
Putting aside my family tree, I discovered some super cool ideas for St. Patrick's Day and I wanted to share them with you here. But before I get started, I wondered how many of you even know what St. Patrick's day is? It's more than just green beer and sequined shamrocks - Lá Fhéile Pádraig (in Irish - translated, the Festival of Patrick,) commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century, and has gradually become a celebration of Irish culture in general.
As a Catholic, I have studied the life of Patrick and the way he brought the message of Christianity to the pagans. He was an amazing historical figure as well as religious figure. He used the shamrock, with it's three leaves, to explain the Holy Trinity. How each petal represented the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - and all of connected by one stem - the mystery of faith (three persons in one.)
Although St. Patrick's day is not a legal holiday, we celebrate it in America as a way to honor our Irish Heritage and Irish/American Culture. Even if you are not Catholic or Irish, every one can enjoy celebrating the life of the wonderful Catholic Saint. I found a few fabulous ideas for you!
First things first - I designed a nifty "St. Patty's Day" outfit on polyvore.com. I thought I would share with you. You can see my items I pull together by clicking on the Polyvore link to the left on the wall!
|Lucky Treats from: http://craftin-on-my-door.blogspot.com/|
I found this fabulous idea for a quick office gift or family treat. How easy is this?
Another website I found had these super cool idea for Leprachaun traps to place around your home!
|Brown Irish Soda Bread|
I know for a fact that my mom makes the absolute BEST Irish Soda bread. However, since she is asleep, and I can't wake her to get her super secret recipe, check out this one! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Irish Soda Bread.
|Irish Cooking Recipe Ideas|
If you are searching for basic Irish recipes, and want to go all out - then click on the highlight link above, this site should have a lot of what you need.
|Irish Potato Soup|
One of our family's favorite meals is Irish Soda Bread and Irish Potato Soup. Again, mom makes the best. Click on the link above for a recipe! It's simply a must!
|St. Patrick's Day Trifle|
How about a wonderful St. Patrick's Day Trifle for everyone! I think this would be a quick make, if you are heading to someone's house to celebrate!
Here is an EASY item to cook if you are having friends over - REUBAN ROLLS!
|Guiness Chocolate Pudding|
If the "adults" are coming over, how about some FABULOUS Guiness Pudding!
|Lucky Charms Cupcakes|
I think the Lucky Charms Cupcakes are an adorable idea. (Granted, maybe a little time consuming picking out all of the marshmallows..) But if you trust your kids enough not to eat them all, what a great project for them to pick out the little bits!
Not matter what you decide to do - I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day.
I think some of these ideas might help you pull something together, and surprise your family!