How to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day as a Family

St. Patrick’s Day was initially celebrated on March 17th, at church, as a family holiday. After emigrating to Canada and the U.S., the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations began to incorporate wearing green, eating corned beef and cabbage, and enjoying parades. Today, many countries around the world celebrate the day, regardless of their heritage.

If you’re interested in spending St. Patrick’s Day with your family, here are some fun ways to celebrate the day.

Make Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is an Irish staple and is often served with other St. Patrick Day goodies like corned beef hash and cabbage, sausages, and Irish puddings. Make soda bread with your family and have everyone chip in on adding in the ingredients.

Have everyone dress up in green colors during this family baking activity to really celebrate the holiday. You can find a mens St. Patricks Day shirt and other holiday clothing items practically everywhere. Better yet? Choose outfits that have everyone matching!

Fun Leprechaun Games

Like Elf on the Shelf, tradition has it that the leprechaun visits each night to create mischief. Maybe he will hide the TV remote or snatch your glasses!

For a festive activity, have your kids play a game and create little traps for the leprechaun. You can also grow your own leprechaun using a terracotta pot with leprechaun face patterns. It’s just like a chia pet, only grown with shamrock seeds!

Your Family Tree

Since St. Patrick’s Day is about celebrating with family, sit down together and investigate your family history. If you have family trees or shields, even better!

This is a great time to teach your kids all about your family history, whether or not you have Irish roots. Check out ancestry sites to get started and see how far your history dates back!

Create Green Flowers

Buy white carnations, fill up a vase with some water, and put a few drops of food coloring inside. Then, cut the flower stems at the bottom and place them into the vase.

Be amazed as the green food coloring works its way up to the white flowers and turns them green! This is a great activity to do with kids who enjoy arts and crafts or working with nature.

A Greener Lifestyle

For the month of March, make an effort to live a greener lifestyle in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and its focus on caring for family. You can extend this care to your environment, too!

Try eating organic foods, recycling, and planting green herbs to benefit the world around you. Incorporate some volunteer work as well to capture the spirit of the holiday.

Make Rainbow Treats

Everyone knows that leprechauns find gold at the end of the rainbow. Use this as a festive attempt to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and create rainbow treats from scratch.

For cupcakes, get a box of white cake mix and add food coloring in separate bowls that make up the rainbow. Once mixed, put the batter into muffin tins to bake.

Once they’re ready, go crazy with decorations. Get some green icing and yellow sprinkles to symbolize the gold found at the end of the rainbow.

The Bottom Line

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is all about finding ways to incorporate family heritage and Irish culture. Choosing to celebrate the day with your family means getting creative and finding ways to incorporate the color green, family time, and fun activities for everyone to do together.

It might take a little thought and consideration to come up with ideas, but with the luck of the Irish on your side, you’re on your way! 

Huynh Nguyen

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