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St. Patrick's Day Traditions

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: St. Patrick's Day Traditions
By Northcountrymom on Friday, March 13, 2009 - 11:30 pm:

I'm not Irish but my husband is 1/2 Irish so we celebrate St Patrick's day. In Ireland they celebrate for five days. We only celebrate the one day (except when Notre Dame plays). In our family we dress in green and I send the Tomi DePaolo book on St. Patrick to school to read. Sometimes we go to church. In New York some of our friends go to the Parade.

What do you do on St.Patrick's Day?

After I had kids I actually wanted to know why we celebrate certain holidays so I could explain. This site explains a lot about St.Patrick's Day even if you're only Irish for a day.

http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/holidays/st_patricks_day.htm

By Enchens on Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 04:29 pm:

Not really. I just remember wearing green so that my brothers wouldn't pinch me!

By Northcountrymom on Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 07:16 pm:

What did they pinch you for? Thats a tradition I don't know.

By Enchens on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 01:52 pm:

Anyone not wearing green on St Patrick's was pinched.

Please don't tell me this is a made up thing...

By Northcountrymom on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 07:46 pm:

Enchens,

I googled it - they didn't make it up!!!!!!!!! Pinching if you don't wear green is an exclusivly american tradition. The green was for the Irish flag and not wearing green was not respecting that. I found it on this really cute website for families and kids on Irish traditions, songs, rhymes and holidays - check it out:

http://www.marvelicious.com/stpatrick.html

I love discovering a new tradition that others do but we didn't. I didn't grow up in a community with many Irish so I learned as I went along.

By Enchens on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 12:58 am:

Thanks Linda! You just may have saved my brothers. LOL

I didn't realize the full reason behind it though. Good to know.

Ds is wearing green tomorrow to school. He wanted to borrow my socks with the shamrocks on them and he wants to wear a bow tie with his green t-shirt. I'll be making his bowtie tonight. I'm definitely going to have to take his picture tomorrow.

By Kay on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 07:25 pm:

I wore my green today! I'm 100% Czech, but I married a man who is Irish and Czech, and I figured having Irish children made me Irish, too! LOL

25 years ago on St. Patrick's Day, I brought my firstborn home from the hospital, wrapped in a green blanket.

By Northcountrymom on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 10:12 pm:

Kay,
Awesome story. We're wearing the same dress - Irish by marriage and friendship. My nephew was also born on St. Patrick's Day.

By Northcountrymom on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 10:14 pm:

Enchens,
Go Irish!!!!! I had similar intentions and my little guy stayed home sick today. Husband went decked out in Green finery.

By Enchens on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 01:12 pm:

Linda,

Ds was beaming when I showed him his bowtie. It's a velour type bowtie, dark forest green. It was the only green scrap of fabric I had. I did manage to take a picture. He chose not to wear the socks because he said they were "a bit too girly." Younger ds wore them. He's three and didn't really care. lol

I had gone to bed on Monday night already wearing some green socks so I awoke ready for the day. Dh did not. Guess who got pinched? lol

I think dh's grandmother is half Irish, so the heritage has been diluted quite a bit. I say it still counts. lol

How is your son feeling today?

By Northcountrymom on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 03:02 pm:

Love it! A little bit of willingness and a tiny piece of green fabric and some socks and you made an Irish family heritage memory. "Erin Go Bragh" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erin_Go_Bragh) !!!!!!!

Awesome you!!!!!

My little guy was back in school today. A little warm this AM but not enough to qualify as ill.


Today is St. Joseph's day and the Sisters celebration is Make Your Own Sundae for lunch dessert. Its a great day to be in school if he has to be there.

I also promised him we would start to make a stuffed Kirby today. Its one of his video game love's. We already bought the pink, red, blue and black felt. Now with the construction of a perfectly round ball. I think we're taking a bulbous tube and gathering it top and bottom. Stitching in the red feet and blue eyes and somehow sealing the top after inserting the stuffing. It just needs to be stitched sturdily enough to endure many a future battle with his Pokemon and the Mario brothers.

Well onward to motherhood (got to go get him),
Linda


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