We don't do a whole lot around here for St. Patrick's Day besides wearing green and sometimes making green food. See here we are in our green attire, I even painted my fingernails green which was fun, and we made some green caramel corn for dessert (a healthier version than most with brown rice syrup, but still super yummy).
St. Patrick's Day fell on a Sunday this year and our church leader had talked a little bit about the origin of St Patrick's Day so when we got home we did a little research and found out some more information and shared it with the children. Here is my short summary with the main points:
St. Patrick is the most commonly recognized Saint of Ireland. He was born in Roman-Britian in the fourth century(385), his father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest. At the age of 16 he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave. He stayed there for 6 years before he escaped back to Britian. Once back he studied to be a priest and in 432, when about 47 years old, he said he was called of God to return to Ireland and teach the people there as a bishop. So that's what he did. Apparently he used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish Pagans. And so we celebrate him who brought Christianity to Ireland.
See Scott in his green Ireland shirt that we did in fact purchase in Ireland some 9 and 1/2 years ago (can't believe we'll have been married for 10 years this summer!).