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Sunday, February 28, 2010

 St. Patrick's Day

Today St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada, Australia, and other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia.St. Patrick's Day has come to mean a lot more than homage to a religious figure. It now embodies a concept of "irishness" which apparently needs to be fueled by liberal applications of alcohol.  So now I'm going out on a limb here and telling you why and how we celebrate St. Patrick's Day. 

Q:Who was Patrick? 
A: Irish nor British,  Patrick was a child of a wealthy patrician class, an elite group which enjoyed many privileges and comfortable lifestyle in what was once the island of Britannia. When Patrick was sixteen years old he was kidnapped by Irish marauders and was sold as a slave. He worked as a shepherd tending flocks on slopes of Slemish.  After six years, Patrick was able to escape, walking nearly 200 miles to the coast to finally return to Britain. Once back home, his experiences brought about a revelation, and he told everyone who would listen that an angel commanded him to return to Ireland as a missionary.

Q: Why do I have a interest in Patrick?
A:As a protestant child, St. Patrick's Day meant wearing green for good luck, shamrocks, and green food. Now at 26, I wanted to know who this guy was. I am not Catholic, and to be honest with you I wanted to find out on my own without anyone's opinion.  And to get this on the table, God want's us all to be saints.

Q: Do I teach my children about St. Patrick?
A: Yes. 
Q: Why?
A: Patrick was a man who received revelation to go and teach. God wants all  of us to go and be missionaries. We teach our sons about Ireland and its culture, including food:). I've been reading Patrick St. of Ireland to my children for the past two years. The book tells the story of him to a t.

Go Green!
Q:Where did wearing green come from?
A:Ireland and it's green lush area, of course! The shamrock is Ireland's national emblem.

St. Patrick's Day Irish Dinner
All recipes
Clover Cookies (easy to make)

Martha Stewart has great decorations this year. Growing shamrocks will be great for plant observation. I think we will be making these shamrock boutonnieres (pictured below) with a small scripture place on them. Then we can go and hand them out to others.

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6 comments: on "St. Patrick's Day"

mother plus teacher said...

we never do anyhting for st.patrick's day, but great post. :)

legendswife said...

Thanks:) We celebrate all are holidays in a "nontraditional" way.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. All I know of St. Patrick is what I learned from Veggies Tales, LOL! Thanks for enlightening me. God Bless, Jackie

legendswife said...

hey there's nothing wrong with a little animated learning! One of the first movies my husband and I watched (while dating/before kids) was the Prince of Egypt:)lol

Diane said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I really like yours. Looking forward to future entries.

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