I’ve always loved St. Patrick’s Day – and I don’t have a single drop of Irish blood in me. Yet they say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, right? And I did marry a man who is half Irish. What I love most about the day are the parades (Chicago and NYC do them so well), the corned beef and cabbage, the delicious Irish soda bread and even the beer! Chicago made a whole weekend out of it, but admittedly I was younger then so going to the parade, drinking a lot beer and looking at a green river were more appealing back then. Even so, this year I am staying home and have decided I need to bring St. Patrick’s Day inside. And what better way than to surround myself with everything in some hue of shamrock green? So I put together this guide of St. Patrick’s Day Gifts which is really just an excuse to buy yourself some great things in St. Patrick’s Day green.
Why We Wear Green on St. Patrick’s Day
It’s an Irish holiday silly! Shamrocks? The lucky four-leaf clover? How about little green leprechauns? Seriously though, at the time of the holiday’s beginnings (1772), St. Patrick’s Day was a religious holiday celebrated only in Ireland and green wasn’t even part of the equation. The color was actually blue. “St. Patrick’s Blue” to be exact. But over the years it morphed into green because Ireland’s nickname is “The Emerald Isle” and the country is known for it’s vast lush greenery. Also the green stripe in the Irish flag also played into the change. Can you imagine if they had changed it to orange?
We wear green because of the leprechauns. The tradition is actually tied to folklore that says wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns, which like to pinch anyone they can see (so anybody not wearing green). So wear another color and you may get pinched.
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St. Patrick’s Day Gifts
I am not really into St. Patrick’s Day decorations, but threw in some hand towels that should do the trick. I do however adore pretty green decor for St. Patrick’s Day decoration ideas. Besides, they will not need to be put away March 18. Some of these items are so gorgeous you might want to keep them on display through the spring and summer.
“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow. And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.” –Irish Blessing
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