Our family has decided to include St. Patrick's Day in our yearly festivals. Hubby has Irish heritage (we think)...and quite frankly, we adults are all for including a holiday that involves drinking beer.
Last year I started a tradition with the kids of a scavenger hunt (left by a leprechaun) with a rainbow and surprise treat at the end. This year, Hubby helped me make the clues for each child and we made it a little longer. The original plan was to have chocolate gold coins at the end, but I couldn't find any at the store. We also realized we were going to be short on time before church since the kids haven't made the time change and are sleeping in until about 8:00 most mornings (until today - hello 6:30 wake-ups again, dangit) - our usual pancake breakfast (they were going to be shamrock shaped pancakes) probably would take too long since we move so slow on weekend mornings. So, instead we went against everything we think our kids should have for breakfast and left a box of Lucky Charms at the end of the rainbow. Needless to say, that went over very well with them once they realized it was no ordinary cereal - it has BRIGHT MARSHMALLOWS in it!!! Both kids ate three bowls....and yesterday morning they finished off the box with four bowls each! I'm glad they enjoyed the special treat, but I was also glad to get them back to a sugar free and no color added breakfast today.
For dinner, we made Guiness Glazed Corned Beef, Colcannon, and Irish Soda bread. (Sorry to say it, but Ireland isn't on my list of places to visit for the cuisine. Scenery and "festivities"? Yes. Food? No.) Hubby and I enjoyed Irish beers and the kids had ginger ale as an extra special treat. Thanks to Pandora, we listened to traditional Irish folk music. We looked at a map to see where Ireland is (for the kids) and read the two St. Patrick's Day books we own (A Fine St. Patrick's Day by Susan Wojciechowski and St. Patrick's Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting).
All in all, it was very simple, but I think it was a good start to solidifying this as a yearly festival in our family!