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.
“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:
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
Source of information came from here; http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/562405-st-patricks-day-cool-facts-history-tradition/
Here is what was going through my head April 2007.
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.
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.