Family Fun for Saint Patrick’s Day

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Saint Patrick’s Day is a great time for fun, food, and faith.

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I’m not Irish. But, I do find a kindred spirit in Saint Patrick. Years ago, the kids and I read a biography of the man who evangelized the Emerald Isle. Patrick’s is an amazing story of capture, slavery, freedom (in Christ), and escape. It’s also one of sacrifice and loving a people who haven’t loved you in return in order to share the Good News with them.

Some years I remember to wear green or make some fun food for our fam. Some years it slips my mind. But, the lesson of his life and the Legend of the Shamrock-turned-Symbol-O-the-Trinity is one I hold dear.

If you’re thinking of some family fun this weekend. Check out some of these past posts about Saint Patrick’s Day:

What do YOU do for Saint Patrick’s Day?

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  1. I never even think about doing something fun for St. Patricks Day. I should see if I can find his story in the library.

    1. My 9yo, who “hates history,” is loving the book we’re reading about Saint Patrick. I’m hoping it cures him of his hatin’.

  2. I’m a HUGE St. Patrick’s Day fan (in fact, I blogged about some of my favorite St. Patty’s Day things today on my blog:, and wearing green is a MUST – only I stretch it out for a week or two before the holiday. The house gets bedecked in green, shamrocks come out, and my mother always hosts a big St. Patrick’s Day meal where she dyes all the food (and drinks, like milk) green. πŸ™‚ It’s loads of fun and has made for a lot of good memories over the years. St. Patrick was an amazing man, and to this day, I can’t see a clover or shamrock without thinking about the Trinity – so I guess it worked! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for reminding me about Darby O’Gill and the Little People! I’ve been meaning to request that one from the library.

  3. Hi from N Ireland πŸ™‚

    Actually, I do more on my blog (I usually host a St Patricks Day bloggy carnival) than I do in real life! My link up will go up later in the week.

    It seems to be more of a big event in other places πŸ™‚ We don’t wear green, we don’t get pinched, trap leprechauns, or eat corned beef!

    Since blogging I usually attend to parade in Belfast and share some pics, but this year we are spending the day at the coast with some American bloggy friends.

    Have a great day πŸ™‚

    1. Oh, we Americans, for better or worse, are happy to have any excuse for a party. πŸ˜‰

  4. My kiddos are still small, so we do the history of St Patrick’s Day with the board book “The Story of St Patrick’s Day” by Patricia A Pingry. And we do fun stuff like wear green, watch Darby O’Gill and the Little People, and make a St Patrick’s Day brunch meal for dinner. The dinner includes Blarney Breakfast Bake, Potatoes O Brian (sp?), and Irish soda bread. The latter of which my husband picks out all of the raisins before eating his share.:)

    My 4 year old saw St Patty’s day cupcakes at Walmart yesterday and loved them, so I think that we’ll be making our own copycat version.

    And I guess he was craving corned beef, because my hubby requested Reubens for the day after St Patrick’s Day. We don’t cook a whole corned beef–we go the easy route and buy shaved corned beef lunchmeat at the deli counter.:)