Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

We use holidays as an easy time to talk about history and other relevant subjects with the kids.

So today we are talking about Saint Patrick, Ireland’s most famous saint, celebrated for bringing Christianity to Ireland.  He used the shamrock to explain the Trinity  — a homeschooler before it was hip, teaching using the materials he found right at his fingertips.

I grew up in a big Irish Catholic family (well, by Irish Catholic standards, maybe we were medium-sized).  So we always really enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day.

Everybody loves an Irish Girl!

Everybody loves an Irish Girl!

Back in the day, my husband and I would have whipped up a little Guinness Goodness and maybe had a green-themed party – – mojitos, cheese enchiladas with green sauce, and guacamole.  And did I mention that Guinness Goodness?  You should go make that right now.  RIGHT NOW.

There’s not enough time for that kind of shin-dig today and the friends we used to do it with are far away (we miss you guys!).  So instead, we are making Irish potatoes, and probably eating all of them.

We also checked out this awesome Irish step dancing video

which taught us that Barbie Girl by Aqua is actually a step dancing song.  Who knew?

For those wondering, it’s St. Paddy’s Day, not St. Patty’s Day.  The d’s in Paddy come from the Irish spelling, Pádraig.

Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!

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