Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's a day early, but since we'll be with our extended family tomorrow, why not "go green" a little ahead of time? 

Can you believe that despite a childhood in BOSTON, of all places, I never understood an iota of what St. Patrick's Day was all about? I had a vague impression of leprechauns, shamrocks, and Irish jigging, and that was about it. 

Then my kids and I learned about the real [St.] Patrick in our medieval history study a couple years ago. If you're interested, Adventures in Odyssey makes a gripping retelling of the story in the episode "Patrick: A Heart Afire" which can be downloaded from iTunes or bought as part of the album Days to Remember. Warning: This episode can be a bit intense, and alludes to the human sacrifices the early Celts made, so consider your child's age and sensitivity. 

Since we'll be with the family, we're going to do it up Irish style for dinner. I'm planning to make colcannon, soda bread, and "Shamrock Shakes," and I'll be lucky if all six kids eat anything but the Shamrock Shakes. Should be fun! 


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Stephanie said...

Sounds yummy. I like your green font. My birthday being so close to St. Patrick's Day, if I had been a boy, my parents would have named me Kevin Patrick. For this and a myriad of other reasons, I am glad I am a girl.

JoAnn said...

The soda bread was great. Thanks Hannah for your contributions to our family vacation.
Love, MIL