Have you been asking yourself when is St. Patrick’s Day? Or how should I celebrate St. Patty’s Day? Or maybe you want to find a way to tie this traditional Irish Celebration into your next family night. Because St. Patty’s Day is coming up, on March 17th. So here are 10 ways to make St. Patty’s Day a family day.
When is St. Patrick’s Day and why is it celebrated?
The answer to when is St. Patrick’s Day is simple. March 17th. It is celebrated around the world every year on that day. But why do we celebrate it?
St. Patrick’s Day (also known as St. Patty’s Day) is a celebration of the life of Saint Patrick and his bringing Christianity to Ireland. The Shamrock became a symbol of St. Patty’s day because St. Patrick was thought to have used it to illustrate the holy trinity to unbelievers in his time. (St. Patrick’s Day, Wikipedia)
Many people worldwide celebrate St. Patty’s day one way or another. In the United States, it’s a common tradition for people to wear green that day or get pinched. Although it’s not a national holiday, it might be on the list of school holidays for your family, or at the very least, something you may choose to celebrate personally. And whether you are a Christian or not, it can be a lot of fun to do.
So now that you know the answer to when is St. Patrick’s Day and why it’s celebrated, let’s look at 10 ways to celebrate it with your family this year.
10 ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with your f
Make Key Lime Pie
I realize Key Lime Pies aren’t exactly Irish, they are more of a Southern dish. But they sport the green color traditional of St. Patty’s Day and they are delicious. This would make a wonderful dessert to add to your holiday traditions, and it gives the feel of a refreshing summertime dish which would be a treat as spring is approaching. It’s also a great way to get kids in the kitchen learning how to cook and bake. This is one of my son’s favorite desserts. He loves eating them and making them right alongside me. And if it’s not green enough for you just add a few drops of green food coloring. If you want to try a Key Lime Pie this St. Patty’s Day we use this recipe from Favorite Family Recipes.
Make green slime
Slime is all the rage right now. Kids love it. And you can’t go anywhere without seeing slime making kits, videos on how to make slime, or even just kids talking about slime. So why not take the plunge and make some slime with your kids? And add a few drops of green food coloring to turn it the right color for St. Patty’s Day. Your kids will love it and love you for it. Just be careful they put it away when they are done playing with it.
Make and wear t-shirts
Another really fun thing to do this St. Patty’s Day is to make T-shirts with your family to wear. You could do tie-dyed or even the sharpie tie-dyed shirts. Regular tie-dyed shirts can be a bit messy but they are a blast to make. Doing the sharpie version is a bit less messy but just as fun. To make sharpie tie-dyed shirts you draw whatever pattern or design you want on the shirt with a sharpie or another permanent marker, you then spray the shirt with isopropyl alcohol. I will make the color fan out and bleed, leaving you with a cool effect. Might I suggest a green clover?
Make a treat to take to school
This is one to get the kids involved and giving back a little bit. Even though this isn’t one of the typical school holidays, there isn’t anything that says you can’t let your child celebrate with his/her class. Make sure you know the rules for your child’s class, but if they can take treats of some kind, let them. And come up with it as a family. I like
Make a shamrock craft
St. Patty’s Day is all about shamrocks. So make a shamrock craft together. It’s a great way to teach your kids about the origins of St. Patty’s Day or just get in the mood. You could make a plant pressing if you live in an area where shamrocks are growing right now. You could print a picture of one and have your child glue green tissue paper inside it. Remeber when you use to use the end of a wood pencil and wrap a small piece of tissue paper on it only to dip it into white glue and stick it to a piece of paper? That would be a fun and cute craft with your kids. But the sky is the limit on this one.
Make a four leaf clover drawing
Similar to the shamrock is the four leaf clover. So you could also make a four leaf clover drawing. The fourth leaf represents luck which is why they are considered lucky. Learning to draw can be fun and a great way to bond with your family. Learn together how to make a four leaf clover drawing. And if your school is celebrating St. Patty’s Day as one of its school holidays maybe you could go and help teach the whole class
Make potato soup
The Irish are known for potatoes. This one may not be a traditional Irish dish, but you could make a pot of potato soup. Potato soup is
Make a coded bracelet or necklace
Another really cool and educational way you could celebrate St. Patty’s Day with your family is by making coded bracelets or necklaces. This article by
Play Croquet or another family game
Croquet was a game I loved as a kid. So introduce your kids to this one. According to Wikipedia, the origins of croquet may have been in Ireland. So you could start a family tradition and play this every year to honor the Irish. Croquet is easy to learn and play. You will need a croquet set and an outdoor area. To play, set the 2 stakes up and then put the hoops out, then you try and hit your balls through the course and back first. This is obviously a simplified version of the rules, but it really doesn’t take much to learn. If the thought of playing outside doesn’t sound appealing or it’s too cold you can always play a board game. For a list of my top 15 board games for
Have an Irish Themed Family movie night
Whether you are from Ireland or not you can have fun with this one. Round up your green pajamas and make foods related St. Patty’s Day like Ruben Sandwiches or Potato Skins. But don’t forget the popcorn (or the Whirley Pop to cook it in). However you decide to decorate, or what foods you decide on, deck your place out in St. Patty’s Day decor and round up the snacks. Then you just have to pick out a family movie. Find a traditional Irish movie, pick a favorite family movie out, or watch one of these family movies on Netflix.
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day Your Way
However you decide to celebrate St. Patty’s Day, make it fun for the whole family. It’s about more than just drinking, it can be about making memories. So whether you are helping celebrate it with your kid’s school holidays or just as a family, there are lots of things you can do to make it memorable. Life is short so spend it with those you love and who love you.
Your kids may not remember the day to day things, but they will remember the little celebrations you put on for them. Whether that’s St. Patty’s Day parties, a family Valentine’s Day, or just weekly family nights, they will remember those times.
I remember the little family traditions at holidays that my family had like going to some friends every year when I was young for New Year’s Eve. That year we had fondue and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. It was probably insignificant to the adults. Something they had grown up with. But for me it was magical. A night I’ve never forgotten. So the little things that may seem insignificant to you might mean the world to your kids.
Go get out the glue, paper, movies, games or whatever you enjoy doing with them and make a new memory with them.
What new memory will you make with your family this St. Patty’s Day?
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