Maybe you’ve never really been into celebrating St. Patrick’s day. Maybe he’s all about the green beer! Maybe the kids want to do it BIG (and you realise they have NO green in their wardrobe!).
If only you could find a happy-holiday balance that will make everyone happy…
St. Patrick’s Day is actually a really fun holiday to celebrate the Irish culture. This holiday is packed full with shamrocks, corned beef, beer, and plenty of green! If you’ve never really celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. Today I am going to be sharing with you a whole bunch of St. Patrick’s Day traditions that can help you plan for a fun day and celebrate with all of your friends and family. To be honest, I didn’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day until I married my husband (who has Irish roots) and now we love to celebrate as a family.
Here are some of the ways that you can make this a holiday to remember:
Pinching: It is tradition to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day and if you aren’t…boy are you in trouble! Another tradition that goes along with this one is to pinch whoever isn’t participating in holiday festivities by not wearing green. This is a harmless little part of St. Patrick’s Day, but be careful who you pinch! Not everyone finds it funny 😉 A simple way to celebrate and avoid pinches is by wearing something green! Find yourself and your family a green tee to feel festive – Old Navy has some great choices!
Eating: Corned beef is a traditional Irish food so it only makes sense that you would have that as a meal on St. Patty’s day! You could do corned beef hash, a corned beef sandwich, or even a meal of corned beef and cabbage. There are a ton of restaurants that serve these types of meals, especially on St. Patrick’s Day but you can also gather ingredients and make the meals yourself at home. Other St. Patrick’s day delights include Irish Soda Bread and any food you can turn green, like these tasty vanilla cupcakes. Of course, a perfect way to keep things healthy is to chop up an assortment of green vegetables served with a delicious, sweet green smoothie! I’ve got a few you might want to try in my recipe index.
Celebrating: If you are looking to have a good time on St. Patrick’s Day there are plenty of ways to celebrate with your friends and family. There tends to be a ton of St. Patrick’s Day festivities such as parades and parties. I would recommend checking to see if there is some sort of parade in your local area that you can go to to celebrate the Irish culture with your family and friends. If you live in Ottawa, you’ll definitely want to check out the Ottawa Irish Festival ~ March 9 to 18, 2017. You can get all the details on The Irish Society of the National Capital Region’s website here.
Drinking: St. Patrick’s Day is also a pretty big drinking holiday! A lot of bars and restaurants add food coloring to their beer and serve Green Beer. If you are a drinker this is probably something you may want to do. Just remember if you are going to go out to drink for the holiday, be safe and don’t under any circumstances drink and drive! If beer isn’t your thing (I get you!), there are lots of equally enjoyable and delicious non-alcoholic beverages for you to indulge in, including my Healthy Shamrock Shake and Skinny Peppermint Patty Shake – which also make a tasty treat for kids to enjoy! Looking for more options? Here are 5 more non alcoholic St. Patrick’s drinks to try: check it out.
St. Patrick’s Day is a really fun holiday but it can get pretty crazy so be sure to stay safe if you are going out into the festivities. Make sure to refrain from drinking and driving or doing anything that could put yourself or others in danger. Most of all, have a blast with your family and friends celebrating. Have a great holiday everybody!
Will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year? I’d love to hear what you will be up to!
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