St Patrick’s Day

18 Mar

I don’t agree with the huge fuss related to St Patrick’s Day

– all of the green food and the commercial hype –

and I say that having married into to a large Irish family.

But, at the same time, I think children need to be aware of what St Patrick’s Day is all about, in order to be culturally literate.

So, this week, we read a handful of Irish related books.

We started with a great little book about St Patrick.

I loved this simple book.

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Then we read “Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk”, which I absolutely did not like at all.

The story seemed to promote an easy life, greed and selfishness.

But we were exposed to ‘wee folk’, which seem to go hand in hand with St Patrick, so we can tick that off.

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And, finally, we read “Finn McCool and the Great Fish”.

Finn was my hubby’s favourite childhood character so, each year, I find a Finn McCool story to read to our boys.

This one was a truly lovely choice

with a beautiful message.

It’s the best Finn book we’ve read so far.

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So no, there was no green food at our house on St Patrick’s Day.

We didn’t even wear green.

But we did read some quite ‘greenish’ books.

I hope that counts.



Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Holidays


3 responses to “St Patrick’s Day

  1. Jen

    March 18, 2015 at 11:26 am

    My third son added green food colouring to our rice 😀

  2. Heidi Wilson

    March 19, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Lovely example of how you can appreciate and experience the “holiday” without falling for the commercialism and materialism! I’m now keen to find these books to read next year!!

  3. Petra

    March 20, 2015 at 1:11 am

    This year, for the first time, we studied St Patrick. If you’re Catholic, it’s good to know your saints, especially the “famous” ones 🙂 However, it’s become quite a controversial “celebration” nowadays and it’s important to learn about that too, which we did. A very interesting topic when one brings politics into it 😀


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