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Apparently I Neglected To Educate My Children About St. Patrick’s Day!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!St Patricks Day

I have never tried McDonald’s Shamrock shake probably because I keep hearing it might taste a little like cough syrup, or something like that.

I realized this morning while listening to ” Stu Jeffries $1000 Dollar Minute” on Boom 97.3FM that today was March 17th and that means St. Patrick’s Day!  All the questions were St. Patrick’s Day related and my kids looked at me quite perplexed as the quiz went on, because I think they knew the “Lucky Charms” question and that was it.

“Today is St. Patrick’s Day!” I proclaimed.

“Yeah?”

“So?”

“What does that mean?”, were the responses.

Oops.  I thought as I realized that we’ve really never spoken about St. Patrick’s Day – at least not recently – and when we reconvened at dinner time I had better have an explanation more significant that my note about the Shamrock shake.

So here, is the “Coles Notes” version of why St. Patrick’s Day matters and why we celebrate it, with some fun facts thrown in for the curious kids:

 

  • St. Patrick’s Day is an annual feast day celebrating the patron saint Patrick for whom the day is named after.
  • Saint Patrick was not born Irish, but became an integral part of the Irish heritage through his service across Ireland of the 5th century.
  • Patrick was either Scottish or English, his real name was though to be Maewyn Succat and Patricius was his Romanicized name until it became Patrick.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland.
  • On the religious side, St. Patrick, is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people.
  • Many believe St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, but truth be told, Ireland never actually had snakes, and many now believe that “snakes” actually represented the serpent symbolism of the Druids of that time and place.
  • Many, many people – Irish or not – wear the colour green today.
  • An interesting Irish tradition which I chose to mention after your day at school has finished, is to pinch anyone who is not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • St. Patrick’s Day was first observed in Boston by Irish immigrants in 1737.  I believe the Chicago river is turned green today by a dye which lasts 2-4 days.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the US was held in New York, of course, in 1766.  The Toronto St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on Sunday March 15th.
  • The common symbols of St. Patrick’s Day are the shamrock, pot-of-gold andleprechans.
    • Three is Ireland’s magic number and the three petals that make up the shamrock are supposed to bring good luck.
    • The three leaves also represent the Trinity in the Christian religion.
    • The leprechaun is a small Irish fairy who is dressed like a shoemaker, with pointed shoes and hat and he wears a leather apron.
    • Leprechauns are supposed to be unfriendly little men who lives alone in the forest, spending all of their time making shoes and guarding their treasures.
    • If someone catches a leprechaun, he will be forced to tell where he hides all his pots of gold. However, the leprechaun must be watched at all times. If his captor looks away, the leprechaun will vanish along with his treasure.
  • Envy, while green, is not welcomed on St. Paddy’s Day.
  • Today is the only day that I willingly change my last name, “Orlans” to “O’lans”.
  • Tonight we’re going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day not by drinking green beer, or by wearing green PJ’s but by eating all of our green veggies!  Yum.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Some Trivia and Facts for you to educate your kids and impress your colleagues.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A public holiday in parts of Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador – St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the death date of St. Patrick, and is celebrated on March 17 by the Irish and Irish diaspora worldwide.

Here are some cool facts you can use to educate your children and impress your colleagues.

  1. St. Patrick is not actually Irish.

St. Patrick was born in Great Britain and was of Romano-British descent.  He was “6 years a slave” in Ireland, being captured by Irish marauders and brought to Ireland at 16-years-old.  He eventually escaped and returned to his family, although he would make his way back to Ireland as a missionary, and be forever associated with Ireland and the holiday in his name.

2. St Patrick’s traditional colour was blue, not green.

Historians say that green was adopted because of St Patrick’s use of the shamrock – a three-leaf clover – and because of the its association with Ireland, the “Emerald Isles.”

  1. Shamrocks weren’t originally symbols of luck

Shamrocks represented the Christian Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, however with the commercialization of St. Patrick’s Day, and with shamrocks appearing more and more on greeting cards due to their religious symbolism, shamrocks became lucky charms (without being magically delicious).

  1. The correct short form is Paddy, not Patty.  “Patty” is short for “Patricia,” not “Patrick.”  “Paddy” is an accepted short form for someone who’s name is Patrick.

You are wise not to call anyone of Irish descent “Paddy,” however, because that term is a 19th century slur for Irish people.

And did you know that there is a website and Twitter account created specifically to correct this misnomer.

  1. The St. Patrick‘s Day parade was invented in the United States.

On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English army marched through New York City in attempt to celebrate their Irish roots with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.  Now there are hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day parades worldwide.

  1. If you want to really impress an Irishman or woman try this tongue-twister: Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh.  It means Happy St. Patrick’s Day!.

 

Source of information came from here; http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/562405-st-patricks-day-cool-facts-history-tradition/

Repost: Thoughts from April 2007


Here is what was going through my head April 2007.

  • Former Conservative politician, until she crossed the floor to become a cabinet minister for the Liberal party, Belinda Stronach is not seeking re-election in the next election.  HA HA HA.  I knew (and probably blogged) that once she became a traitor and left the conservative party, crossing the floor to join the corrupt liberals for a cabinet post, that she would be going nowhere in politics.  Clearly I was incorrect.  She is going somewhere… out! Bye bye Belinda, you turncoat, and take Tie Domi with you.  That former Toronto Maple Leaf pugilist, who was married when you an him hooked up and you deserve each other.  Opportunists.  Besides, Tie’s segment “Win, Lose and Tie” on TSN is brutal.  I turn the channel when it comes on.  It’s painful.
  • In other thoughts… It looks like rain outside… I don’t have an umbrella.
  • I’m really jacked that the Raptors are in the playoffs – but I hate that they are playing Vince Carter and the NJ Nets because I’ll be REALLY upset if we lose to “them”.  Ever since “Wince” left the Raptors, I have always wished him to lose or get hurt, flop on the floor like he did in Toronto and please continue to tip off the opposition on plays in NJ like to did in TO. 
  • I received my grades for my two most recent business graduate school classes… both A’s. Only 4 more classes to go then I’ll have my MBA and can use it to get out of the government.  YAY.
  • Happy to report that my wife and I have something new in common, besides our kids, marriage, house, etc. I love to garden and she does too.  And she is quite good at it too.  We have seedlings now sitting in the living room soon to be headed in the garden, of all these funky heirloom fruits and veggies.  She picked them, she planted the seeds, we watch them grow. Fun, fun, fun!
  • Need sleep… I am painting the basement – kids playroom… It had to happen sooner or later.  We bought some red, blue and green paint – bright kids colours and I am painting the entire space they use to play in.  Part of the wall is going to be a magnetic chalk board.  Wondering how to get the red paint out of the carpet and I dropped the tin and of course it opened on the carpet.. A lot!.  It is fire truck red.  OY. 
  • So let’s recap… Baby up at 5am, I leave for work at 7am, get home before 6pm, bathe and book the kids to bed, then after chatting with my wife and taking care of classes, I set out around midnight to paint until 1 or 2am and then do it all again the next night.
  • Sleep???  Over-rated.  🙂

Too Green for the CBC?


I found out this week that we are too Green for the CBC.  That made me sad.  I was hoping to be a little too green for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation but it turns out after many phone and email discussions that we are just too green for them.

Damn.

So what exactly does that mean?

Well, let’s go back a couple days to a tweet I saw on twitter coming from the CBC.  Turns out they were looking for a family to go totally green (read: environmentally friendly, not Kermit the Frog green) for a week or so, while the Copenhagen Conference was going on.  The intent was to show how green or not green the average Canadian family is, and to show ways to make them even more green – in light of these most important talks on the future of the planet.

Upon seeing the post I replied / applied.

And so the discussions began.

Thinking we were not green enough, and knowing we had a brand new baby, I figured we’d be a shoe-in for the TV spot.

But then after a couple days of discussing my family; our committment to recycling, hybrid vehicle, turning the thermostat down at night, running the dishwasher after 10pm when the rates are cheaper, hanging our clothes to dry, looking for local produce first or produce with less packaging, carpooling our kids to and from school, and in a previous life taking public transit to and from work or walking.  Also, bringing our own cloth bags everywhere, re-using and reducing before recycling and all that stuff, it was determined we are too green for this spot.

Damn again.  My kids would have been so cute on TV.

At least we know we are reducing our carbon footprint.

Now I don’t have to worry about getting the house clean for TV, I can go back to looking into a tankless water heater and sealing any leaky windows and doors.