Does your family have a special St. Patrick's Day tradition? Please also include a link to a photo, if you have one.
For as long as I can remember, my mother has made Irish soda bread every year in the days leading up to St. Patrick's Day. She would stand in the kitchen, digging her hands into the dough, baking loaf upon loaf for friends and family. Once she wrestles the sticky dough into a pan, my father uses a knife to cut a cross into the top and then pauses to say a short prayer, blessing the bread, those who eat it, and for special intentions that day. While the ingredient of prayer is my father's special touch, the tradition of cutting a cross into the top of a loaf of Irish soda bread actually serves a two-fold purpose: 1. It allows the heat to penetrate to assist cooking. 2. The cross is the symbolic note of crossing the breads and giving thanks. This treat sliced thin and lightly toasted with butter and a hot tea- oh how my mouth waters right now. Visit my site to see recipe.
I was an Irish step dancer growing up. Now my oldest daughter is one, too. Our St. Patrick's Days are always spent dashing from one performance to another, sharing a bit of the art form we love with crowds at nursing homes, shopping centers, and (of course), pubs! I'm especially looking forward to this year's performances, because I'm going to be dancing on stage *with* my daughter, performing a mother-daughter two-hand reel. What a joy to share something we both love so much!
St Patrick's Day is always a big deal in any Irish household. Pre-children our celebrations were great 'craic' now however things are much more family friendly! We still make it special feasting on fresh oysters & black velvet cocktails ( champagne & Guinness), brown soda bread & smoked salmon.
The part the kids love though are the shamrock cookies! They vary every year,we have 3 different sized cookie cutters, we ice with the traditional green icing but this year we'll include pink just for the 'craic'!We make loads so the kids can take them into school with their bunch of fresh shamrocks pinned to their collar !
Happy St Patrick's Day !
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We just started a new tradition this year that we will do as long as our little ones take baths. We added green food coloring, laminated shamrock stickers, green foam shapes and containers to collect the green water and treasures. They had so much fun collecting shamrocks and putting the green water into the cups and Tupperware containers.
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I'm Italian but my husband is part-Irish and our twins LOVE being able to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing green head-to-toe. For this Italian Mama, it's fun to celebrate St. Patrick's Day for the first time!
We always paint our hair green and go to the St. Patrick's day parade downtown. Then, later, I make corned beef and cabbage just the way my grandmother always did
Last year we cooked our first official St Patty's meal complete with corned beef and cabbage. It was absolutely fabulous and I am looking forward to doing it again this year!