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St. Patrick's Day


St. Patrick - Patron of Ireland

In my family, St. Patrick's Day is HUGE!  My father is named Patrick, as is his namesake, my younger brother Patrick.  My sister Brady was born on, you guessed it...St. Patrick's Day!  And to make it all even more perfect, (on March 17) Brady gave birth to her first son...yes, on her birthday!  His name? You guessed it!  Patrick!!!  The latest addition to our family, Patrick III recently arrived on the scene, named after his daddy and grandpa.  Every year our family looks forward to celebrating Irish style!  We are happy to share the following resources and invite your contributions via email to

St. Patrick's Day Coloring Image - Click Here

Learn more about St. Patrick at CatholicOnline's Saints and Angels
Saint Patrick's Day Food and Fun With Kids
Go for the Green - Planning your Family's St. Patrick's Day party

Click here to visit The St. Patrick You Never KnewBy clicking on the image of St. Patrick, you can visit an interesting feature at, featuring little known facts about the "real" St. Patrick. 



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Fun Family Activities:

St. Patrick's Day Coloring Images


St. Patrick's Day Coloring pages from

Weave a traditional St. Brigid's Cross with directions from

Pot of Gold Game and other fun from

Absolutely Green kid's page - tons of fun games, stories, paper crafts and more

St. Patrick's Day in the Classroom - great classroom ideas, fun at home too!


Cooking Fun:

Project: A Magic Fairy Box
by Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes

Leprechauns are tiny make-believe fairies from Ireland who, according to legend, have a hidden pot of gold. If caught, a leprechaun can be forced to reveal his treasure, but the captor must keep their eyes on him always. If your eyes leave the leprechaun he will vanish and all hopes of finding his treasure are lost.  

Capture your own fairy with a little, magic fairy box.  A small matchbox is the perfect resting place for a fairy. Line it with something comfortable like moss or grass.

Paint your matchbox green and then cover the outside of with flower petals and leaves. We simply attached our petals using double sided tape.

Leave your box partially open and wait for a fairy to come rest. If you're lucky, you may even find some gold. (Mom or dad can help here. My children often found pennies or gold coins tucked in their box the next morning.)

About the Authors: Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes are the co-authors of the award winning book Together: Creating Family Traditions. To check out their website that's jam packed with family ideas, visit


Recipe: Irish Scones


4 cups flour
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup white raisins, optional


1. Preheat oven to 425.
2. In a large bowl, combine butter and flour with a pastry blender or mix with your fingers until crumbly.
3. Add baking powder, salt and sugar.
4. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and milk. Mix into dry ingredients.
5. Turn onto floured surface and pat carefully with hands into a one-inch thickness.
6. With a cookie cutter or the bottom of a drinking glass, cut dough into 2 inch rounds. Place on a greased cookie sheet, about one inch apart and bake for 15 minutes.

Yields 18 scones.


A Visit from the Leprechaun

As long as there are Irishmen to believe in the "Wee Folk," there will be Leprechauns to conjure up fun. Here is one story of Leprechaun shenanigans from Colleen Carmona's Café Traditions.

Every Saint Patrick's Day our house welcomes the arrival of the little green leprechaun. On the eve of March 16th, my husband and I go around the house tipping chairs over and throwing pillows on the ground. We tear up small pieces of green construction paper and we make a trail through the house to follow the messes. Then we add a touch of green food coloring dye to each of the toilets (which is a hit with the kids). Our last touch is the special treat they receive from the little green guy. Andes candies are left for each of the girls with a little note wishing them a Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!

Café Traditions serves up inspiration for people to create traditions in their life. Visitors can browse through hundreds of traditions in several categories: holidays, birthdays, friends, family and more or submit a cherished tradition of their own. Visit




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