St. Patrick’s Day is just one week away! I love when a holiday falls on a weekend because it means that rather than sending your family off to various places, you get to be together to do all of the fun activities! One of my favorite memories of St. Patrick’s Day was a teacher at our school dying her feet green and blaming it on those pesky Leprechauns! Make St. Patrick’s day fun for your kids by making your own traditions.
St. Patrick’s Day Food
I love food. Therefore, celebrating to me means eating all of the yummy food traditionally associated with a certain holiday. It is pretty common to have a green breakfast (Lucky Charms w/green milk, green smoothies, green pancakes, etc.), but since it is a Sunday you can serve them traditional (or at least it is traditional in America) Irish food for lunch and dinner too!
Corned Beef is available at most grocery stores (and Costco/Sams Club) in abundance during this time so if you love it, buy extra to freeze! Here are some options my family is more likely to go for. (Click on the names to be linked to the recipe)
St. Patrick’s Day Activities
I stumbled across the Homemaking Blog and loved her idea to read the Legend of the Leprechauns (from Family Fun Magazine) and make a treasure box. Me and Lucy (my 20 month old daughter) had a great time making our treasure box, although it was her first time using markers and now I understand why Mom’s buy washable – hopefully it will come out of her clothes! We’ll set it out on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day for the Leprechauns to fill with green Easter grass, necklaces, a glow in the dark shamrock wand and some candy. 🙂
LEGEND OF THE LEPRECHAUNS
Full of magic and trickery, the leprechauns remain in their hidden world until the night before St. Patrick’s Day. On that one night of the year they appear throughout the world to dance and sing and frolic.
Disguising themselves as leaves and grass, and sounding like the wind and the crickets, they come and go unnoticed.
However, it is said that if a decorated treasure box is left empty under the moon, the leprechauns must fill the box with gold or jewels or gifts. But then they will hide the filled box in the most unlikely of places.
If the box is found on St. Patrick’s Day, the treasure remains in our world. If not, the leprechauns may retrieve what is rightfully theirs. And though the leprechauns are very clever, it is not impossible to find the treasure because, unknowingly, leprechauns often leave a trail of greenery behind them.