Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Brief History of St. Patrick’s Day
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St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, and it is a day for wearing green and celebrating other Irish traditions. But, did you know the patron saint, St. Patrick, was not born in Ireland?  It is believed that he was born in the Roman province of Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family.

It is further believed that at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave. He spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”.  As the story goes, God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

The people of Ireland have celebrated St. Patrick, every year since his death on March 17, around 461 A.D. Over 1200 years later, the celebration of Patrick was carried across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. In 1737, the first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston among its many Irish immigrants.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Gifts & Food

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday for all ages. Here are some entertaining ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Everything that is “green”, which symbolizes spring and the prospering of the crops, fun and Irish can be worn or used to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

What better way is there to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than to celebrate with food?

A few drops of green food coloring goes into anything you might want green, even a mug of draft beer. Anything made with Irish cream or Irish whiskey has the Irish spirit, too.

Favorite Irish Recipes

What would St Patrick’s Day be without some Irish recipes? Here are two of my favorite Irish recipes.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage
Photo by Jonathunder, Wikipedia Commons
Photo Source: Jonathunder, Wikipedia Commons
  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) corned beef brisket (seasoning packet included)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1-14 oz. can vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 green cabbage, cut into 2-inch wedges
  1. Place carrots and potatoes in bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Trim corned beef of excess fat and place on top of carrots and potatoes.
  3. Sprinkle with seasoning packet.
  4. Add apple juice, vegetable broth and water.
  5. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours.
  6. Add cabbage and continue cooking another 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until beef  and cabbage are tender.
  7. Remove beef, potatoes, and vegetables to a platter and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Don’t forget an Irish toast to bless the meal!

Irish Scones

Photo Source: James Petts, Wikipedia Commons
Photo Source: James Petts, Wikipedia Commons
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk

Note: You can add raisins, dates or other dried fruits and even chocolate chips, if desired.

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter and flour until crumbly.
  3. Add baking powder, salt and sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat egg and milk.
  5. Mix into dry ingredients to make a dough.
  6. Turn onto floured surface and roll to one-inch thickness.
  7. With a cookie cutter or the bottom of a drinking glass, cut dough into 2-inch rounds.
  8. Place on greased cookie sheet, about one inch apart and bake for 15 minutes.

Makes about 18 scones

Gift Baskets to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Another great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is with gifts. After all, when you think of a holiday, don’t you think of gifts?

So what types of gifts do you associate with St. Patrick’s Day? Well, anything green and Irish of course!

A great gift idea might be an Irish themed gift basket filled with lots of treats. Here are  a couple of great gift baskets perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. A great way to celebrate this special and fun holiday at home with your family or at the office with your co-workers.

St. Patrick's Day Luck of the Irish
Luck of the Irish

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold
Pot of Gold

 

However you decide to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, enjoy this very fun holiday!

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Bridesmaid Gifts

Ideas for Bridesmaid Gifts

With everything on the bride’s agenda, she must think about bridesmaid gifts for the special ladies she as chosen to be in her wedding party.

A wedding day is full of memories, especially for the bride and groom. They, of course, are the key players, whether it is a formal or informal wedding. With a formal wedding, the months of planning may build up a high level of anticipation in not just the bride and groom, but also others who will also play key roles on the big day. To bridesmaids in particular, the lead up to the wedding day may be an exciting time. The bride and groom will undoubtedly want to commemorate the day for them with bridesmaid gifts.

For sure, bridesmaids will appreciate at least a token gift to help them remember the day. As with any gift, what you choose as a bridesmaid gift will depend on budget and age. If anything, “older” bridesmaids are easier to choose for, as personalized silver or crystal, for example, and other more adult products, are more likely to be appreciated.

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