St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally thought of as an adult holiday – going to the bar, having a few “pints” with friends… I mean really, if there isn't a Charlie Brown special about it, then it's not a kid's holiday, right? ;) But my husband and I are both proud to be Irish, and over the years we have instilled that same pride in our older daughter. (And we're working on our youngest, as you can see!) I think our girl was 3 or 4 when she really started to get into the idea of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve always told her that it’s such a neat holiday because while we are actually Irish, on St. Patrick’s Day EVERYONE is Irish for the day. I remember her standing in the kitchen and stomping her little foot and saying, “I’m NOT Irish! I’m (insert first, middle and last name here)!” ;) That one went in the book that I try to write her funny sayings in.
Anyway, after she got over that and started embracing her Irish heritage (we’re not just Irish, but that is one thing that she has from both sides of the family), she started getting more into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.
My girl went to school dressed in 4 different shades of green, including a cute green t-shirt with a big, sparkly green shamrock on the front, and I put a shamrock pin on her and did her hair in “Laura braids” (her name for braids, in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder) with green rubber bands.
CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE
½ bag of baby carrots
1 corned beef
1 cup water
wedge of cabbage
Throw the carrots in the bottom of the Crock-pot, put the corned beef on top, pour in the cup water. Turn this on low for 8 – 10 hours, or high for 5 – 6hours. Then throw in some cut up cabbage and cook for another 2 – 3 hours on high. I always make mashed potatoes, and this year I surprised my daughters (and husband) and put some green food coloring in the potatoes!
It’s nice to make even the smaller, less "kid-friendly" holidays festive for your children, and the fact that for us it helps instill a sense of pride in our girl’s heritage, all the better!