It’s that time of year again, time to dig out that green tee shirt, cook up some corn beef and cabbage, and get ready to celebrate! Growing up in an Irish family, St. Patrick’s Day has always been an exciting day for us to celebrate. From green food coloring in our milk to the heavenly corned beef and cabbage on our plates, I’ve decided to do a quick round up of activities the entire family can enjoy to get into the spirit of the holiday!
So without delay here are five ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the whole family!
From socks to hair bows, it’s always fun to wear the good ol’ green and show your Irish pride, but don’t worry if you don’t have any in your wardrobe, get creative! Growing up my Dad was color blind and I quickly learned that the perception of color is in the eye of the beholder, literally. “No Dad that’s definitely not blue,” says the four children and wife of the color blind man as he tries to match literally anything.
2. Go on a Leprechaun Hunt!
This one is more fun with littles as they still have that amazing sense of childish wonder, but if the weathers nice enough, take a walk around outside and see if you can find any trace of the mythical creatures, to kids anything is magical if they believe hard enough. Weather keeping you inside? Get creative around the house and see if they can find any mischief (seriously just leave things a mess and blame it on the leprechaun… you’re welcome.)
3. Listen to some Irish Music
Growing up with a sister that was an Irish step dancer for a while, it’s no surprise that I’m a fan of some good ol’ traditional Irish music. For some more traditional Irish music check out Lúnasa, a killer Irish ensemble that I had the pleasure of seeing live a few years back, they don’t leave you to wonder what an Irish band should sound like. If you’re looking for something a little less traditional there’s always U2 or the Unicorn Song, and Spotify has a slew of awesome playlists for the holiday as well.
4. Arts and Crafts!
Work together to create a leprechaun trap out of recycled material, or create you’re own magical leprechaun hats! Rainbows, pots of gold, shamrocks, you name it, be creative and create something awesome to cherish as future St. Patrick’s Days come and go. Download and print some St. Patrick’s Day coloring sheets from Crayola here!
5. Eat, Drink, and by Merry!
Regardless of what you do, be sure to take some time to eat, drink, and by merry with your entire family! Known know as a day of merriment and celebration, it’s a great way to spend quality time with the family while celebrating the Irish heritage, whether you be Irish or not, a day dedicated to the culture of another country is always something worth celebrating!
So Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the New England Mama family to yours! Slàinte!