St. Patrick’s Day

Hope you had a nice St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th! We did some fun things on the actual day and the week or so leading up to it. We started earlier in the week by baking whole wheat Irish soda bread. G liked his slathered with butter and cinnamon sugar, while I went with butter and jam. Yummy!

bread2bread with jamWe also read a couple fun stories. The ABC one was filled with info about Ireland; the other one was a playful one involving the legend of St. Patrick driving the snakes from Ireland.

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While the legends are fun, I made sure to emphasize the story of the real Saint Patrick and all the good he did, bringing the Christian faith to Ireland. I read G a shortened version of the traditional St. Patrick’s Breastplate prayer, which is the backside of an icon card I made for our nature table.

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The little one did a lovely St. Patrick coloring page, plus he surprised me with this picture he drew: his loving hands with a shamrock in the middle. I love its sweetness.

coloring colouring drawing

We had a beautiful nature table display, too, thanks to a swap I did with moms from a Waldorf group I belong to. I made hand embroidered young St. Patrick stuffies, rainbow shamrocks for the window, the icon card I mentioned, and wooden pots o’ gold with glass “gold” and a “Lucky” wooden coin.

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In return, we received a beautiful wooden snake, a beeswax Celtic knot ornament, a poplar shamrock necklace, a little wooden St. Patrick with sheep, silk rainbow rings for play, a rainbow window star, and an amazing wood door that G says leads to Ireland (if any miniature door could, it would be this one).

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These handmade treats made for such fun and memory making. It was truly a blessed and lovely day.

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