St. Patrick’s Day Stories to Share

StPatricksDayHappySt. Patrick’s Day is almost here!  If you’re already got your green clothing out and ready to wear and your party activities planned, you may be done.  But why not read a few interesting stories about the holiday to really get in the mood?  Here are a few cool St. Patrick’s Day stories.

Did you know that the wearing of the green was originally the wearing of the blue?  St. Patrick often wore blue, but over the years, green slowly took over.  This was partially due to the fact that shamrocks were associated with St. Patrick.  He used the three-leaved clover to explain the Holy Trinity.  Because these plants are green, that’s the color that eventually became associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick didn’t set out to convert the heathens of Ireland to Christianity.  In fact, he wasn’t very religious at all.  His father was a deacon, but there’s evidence to suggest he only took the post because he wanted the tax incentives.  However, St. Patrick was abducted by Irish raiders when he was 16, and he spent six years as a slave in Ireland.  He took comfort in Christianity during this time, and after he escaped, he continued to be a very devout Christian.  He took haven in Britain, studied to become a priest, and then returned to Ireland with the plan of converting the Irish.

Speaking of stories that aren’t completely true, Patrick didn’t actually introduce Christianity to Ireland.  There were already Christians living there when he returned.  One of his missions, in fact, was to minister to them while converting others to the religion.

A St. Patrick’s Day parade wasn’t held in Ireland until 1931, almost 200 years after the first major public St. Patrick’s Day celebration!  This celebration was held by Irish immigrants in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.

How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  Maybe with some beautiful St. Patrick’s Day flowers in Washington, D.C.?


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home

myflorist-stpatSt. Patrick’s Day is the 17th, this coming Sunday.  Are you going to celebrate?  A lot of people hit the town to enjoy a drink or two, but you don’t have to go out for St. Patrick’s.  In fact, if you don’t like crowds, you might want to stay home and celebrate in your own way.

How?  Well, you can wear green, for a start.  That’s probably the most well-known tradition associated with St. Patrick’s Day.  You can also decorate with green decorations, shamrocks, and other items like leprechauns and pots of gold.

Eating and drinking green items is another tradition.  Many bars tint their beer green for the day, which you can do with some food coloring.  You can also mix it in with scrambled eggs to create a dish of green eggs and ham.  If you want to be very traditional, you can prepare cabbage and corned beef.

Need an activity?  There are a number of different sports events held on St. Patrick’s Day.  Kick back and watch one if you love sports.  If not, you can watch just about anything.  Maybe the horror movie Leprechaun?

Need some help with your decorations?  We’ve got some great St. Patrick’s Day flowers in Washington DC.