People in many countries, not all of Irish descent, recognize and celebrate March 17th as St. Patrick’s Day. I have used the acronym I R I S H to represent five ways to make this holiday meaningful and fun for your children.
I rish Cuisine – Eat meals with an Irish theme on St. Patrick’s Day
— Lucky Charms cereal (especially if you need something quick), or Irish Porridge (made with steel cut oats) could make your kid’s cereal bowls seem like a pot of gold.
— Bake some Irish Soda bread – an easy, no-yeast quick bread – and include it in your child’s lunch box on the 17th.
— Serve corned beef, potatoes and cabbage for a traditional Irish dinner.
R esearch – Help your kids make some discoveries about St. Patrick’s Day
Read about the origin, customs and traditions of St. Patrick’s Day with your kids. Check some books out of the library to read together, and show them how to use the internet to find out some interesting St. Patrick’s Day facts. Explore your family history and determine just how Irish you really are!
I ntroduce your kids to Irish music and dance
Bagpipe. Fife and Drum. Highland Dance. Who knows – your child might just have an undiscovered talent for one of these. March 17th can be a day when you introduce them to these types of instruments, music and dance.
S ave the Planet: Don’t just wear green – act green!
Tradition says everyone Irish should wear green on March 17th, or risk being pinched. This day could also be an opportunity to start a different sort of “green” tradition. Make a family commitment to start acting green by composting and recycling, turning lights off every time you leave the room, or perhaps plan to plant a tree. Websites such as A Billion Acts of Green offer lots of ideas.
H ave Fun – Mystify your kids with some leprechaun magic
When my kids were small, they were sure a leprechaun had visited our house. I got the gallon of milk out of the fridge for their cereal on the morning of the 17th and the milk was green. Mom would surely never have added food coloring to an entire gallon of milk – an Irish elf must have done it!
Children grow up quickly. Celebrating holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day can provide a way to start some fun family traditions and create wonderful childhood memories.
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