St Patrick’s Day is next week! Really? Is it already getting to be the middle of March? The weather here has been absolutely perfect and I’m hoping that we get at least a few more weeks (would MONTHS be too much to ask for?) of nice weather before the heat hits.
As I was planning some fun St Patrick’s Day fun for my kiddos I realized that I have absolutely no idea the history behind St Patrick’s Day. Who in the world was St Patrick?
So, I did a little research and found a few facts:
- St Patrick was not even Irish but was born British.
- At 16 he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. He spent 7 years as a slave tending sheep. It was through his horrible life there that he found and converted to Christianity.
- According to folklore, he had a dream that told him to escape and find a way back to Britain. He was able to get passage on a pirate ship and was reunited with his family.
- He was ordained a priest and felt the need to return to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity.
- He spent the remainder of his days preaching while being mocked and beaten on a regular basis.
- After his death he was mostly forgotten.
- Slowly mythology grew around him and centuries later he was honored as the Patron Saint in Ireland.
- St Patrick’s Day was a religious celebration in which most families had a big feast to celebrate St Patrick.
- In the 1970s St Patrick’s Day made it’s way to America where the majority of the secular traditions were started.
- And now today we have lepracauns, 4 leaf clovers, pots of gold, rainbows and the color green.
So…Now that I know a little about the holiday, let’s get on with some St Patrick’s Day fun.
St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Cookies
My 4-year-old has been sick so couldn’t make it to preschool last week so I had the entire week to entertain him. Fun for me! 😉 We had fun making these and some other St Patrick’s day food/crafts together that I’ll be sharing throughout the next week.
These cookies are so easy to make and you can use this technique of decorating for pretty much any holiday.
1-Start by making some large circle sugar cookies from your favorite recipe.
2-Frost with your favorite frosting.
3-Right after frosting, put a shamrock cookie cutterin the center of the cookies.
5-Use the cookie cutter as a guide to add sprinkles to your cookies.
Some people feel it is silly to do things like this for every holiday, and to an extent I agree but I love to make the holidays fun and exciting for my kids and they’re only little once.
Do you celebrate St Patrick’s day with your kids?
Also, if you have a weakness for cookies like I do you need to check out my two favorite cookie recipes: