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A Simple Shamrock

Jenny Worsham & Gather Moms

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Mama!  Rainbows, pots of gold, and leprechauns… we all love a reason to dress in green, but what does this have to do with a man and holiday named Saint Patrick? 

Turns out, not much, if anything! Saint Patrick was a man from England in the late 4th century who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the foreign land of Ireland. Separated from his family, he was also isolated from other Christians – hmm, that parts sounds like we might can relate right now!  During this time, he prayed constantly, and became a more devout follower of Christ than before he was kidnapped. He ended up getting on a boat that took him back to England and reunited with his family. However, God continued to put a call on his life to return to Ireland to spread the Gospel. Despite the hardships he endured there, Saint Patrick returned and even led his former master to Christ. What a story of perseverance during hard times, the importance of prayer during trials, and loving those that hurt us! 

Normally life is so busy that St. Patrick’s Day zooms by, without much attention in my home, but THIS YEAR, in the year of Covid-19, we’ve got nothing but time! 

Here are some easy ways to celebrate  St. Patrick’s Day with your kids: 

Veggie Tales video: Check out the video below explaining the story of St. Patrick. You can also visit here to find follow-up questions to encourage your kids to share God’s love with everyone, even those who may be mean to us.

Shamrock craft: The story goes that St. Patrick used the 3 leafed clover to explain the Trinity: that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were three different parts of the same leaf. Click here for a cute coloring page to use while discussing this topic with your kids. This will bring up some great conversation and remember, it’s ok to not have all the answers, Mom! 

Field trip!! Take a field trip to Raising Cane’s Restaurant and get green lemonade as an afternoon treat. They turn their lemonade green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Follow CDC Guidelines, of course, and choose the drive-through!

Snack time: If you need a snack to go with your lemonade, make these easy Lucky Charms snack treats and use this as a time to discuss the difference between luck, and trusting God’s sovereign will.

Click here for the recipe.

We all know that we will never forget this crazy patch of life we are in right now. So make this St. Patrick’s Day the most meaningful, memorable one your kids have ever had! 

Post pictures of how you are celebrating with your kids and tag @Gathermoms and hashtag #togetherathome