St. Patrick’s Day is coming up again! Here are some ideas for you to spend St. Patrick’s Day with family and make it an enjoyable affair for everyone.
St. Patrick’s Breakfast
Get into the spirit first thing in the morning with a hearty St. Patrick’s breakfast. Get into the festive mood by making a frittata out of vegetables or dyeing your pancakes green with some safe coloring. Kids, especially, love it when their food comes in funky colors! Put a smile on their face when they wake up, with a yummy St. Patrick’s breakfast.
Set the Mood with Music
Some festive music in the background can add good cheer to the day. A Celtic instrumental playlist from YouTube can really help set the mood for this holiday. Some jaunty Irish dance music is also great to keep your family’s spirits up.
Watch an Irish Movie
Although you may not get to actually go to Ireland this year, watching an Irish movie can help put you in the mood. The Emerald Isle’s rolling hills and misty highlands can look gorgeous on the silver screen as well as in real life.
Play “Ireland’s National Card Game”
You and your family might already have a few favorite card games. Why not try something new this St. Patrick’s Day with a round of Twenty-Five? Ireland’s National Card game is a tradition that only takes a simple deck of cards. The rules are a little tricky, but a few rounds of practice, and you and your family will be ready to go!
If you’re looking for another activity to keep the grandkids happy, this shamrock hunt is a sweet fix. All you need is a piece of green paper and some scissors. Cut out a little shamrock and spend some time with your adult children going around the neighborhood to look for safe places to stick it on. Once that’s done, you can take the whole family out for a little walk to hunt them all! As spring approaches, this can be a lovely way to get out into the fresh air with your loved ones.
If you’d like to keep indoors, you can do a similar activity at home. Rustle up some chocolate coins and hide them around the house for your grandchildren to find!
Recite an Irish Blessing
For the more poetically inclined among us, reciting an Irish blessing is a creative way to kick off an evening of celebration. Trawl the Internet for a suitable Irish poem that will lend your evening a lovely mood. Some words of wisdom while we’re still early in the year will also surely not go amiss!
St. Patrick’s Crafts
Another afternoon activity with the grandkids, making some St. Patrick’s-themed crafts is a creative way to spend the time. Get your creative juices flowing, and create some lovely keepsakes that will grant you warm memories afterward.
Learn the History of the Holiday
Amidst all that excitement, let’s not forget that St. Patrick’s Day has real and important roots. The holiday has a history going back two centuries. Take the day to teach your grandkids about Irish history, whether by visiting a museum, reading some literature, or going online.