Fun and Easy Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Green is the name of the game for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17! Minor holidays throughout the year are bright spots in your calendar. They’re a good excuse to have some fun, make memories and create small family traditions.

You’ll find that your family looks forward to the small things you do to celebrate each year. It creates a rhythm to family life and seasons through the year.

Holiday celebrations don’t have to be a big stress, Mom. The key is to keep it simple. Planning ahead a bit helps, but last-minute ideas are better than nothing!

Use this list of ideas as a springboard for your own creativity. Pick one or two and lighten up, because your kids certainly will.

  • Decorate simply. Hang some shamrock foil garland on the kitchen chandelier, throw a green tablecloth (or fabric or clean bedsheet) on the table, and light green and/or white candles. Watch your kids’ faces light up when they see the special table.
  • Everybody wear green so you don’t get pinched! Mom will probably need to monitor the pinching so kids don’t get carried away. A good rule of thumb for this type of fun: if the other person doesn’t think it’s funny — it’s not funny, so stop.
  • Have green milk with your cereal or toast (Mom gets up early and sneaks green food coloring into the jug of milk).
  • Make shamrock sugar cookies. Or bake green-frosted cupcakes (or by all means, buy some).
  • Have green food for dinner. Green mashed potatoes, green jello, green drinks. Or make Irish stew and Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day supper.
  • Read a story about St. Patrick and discuss his life and they symbolism he used to teach people.
  • Watch the old live-action Disney movie Darby O’Gill and the Little People.

As a “seasoned” mom looking back over the years, I can’t say that I regret making the effort to celebrate the little holidays. I’m glad I went a little above and beyond the daily grind to make those days special for my children. Now they have those memories tucked away to strengthen their ties to home.

And I’m grateful that I still have years ahead with those children (and grandchildren) to celebrate some more — including small holidays like St. Patrick’s Day.

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