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Green Beer? Yes, Please!

Everyone knows #StPatricksDay is a chance to wear green, drink beer, and pinch those who fail to recognize the sanctity of the holiday.

In all seriousness, St. Patrick’s Day is coming up. While many of us like to celebrate this fun and unique day, not many people know the origin behind it.

At Sweetbriar Rose, we love an excuse to celebrate. Keep reading for a bit of history about St. Patrick as well as some fun ways to celebrate at home.

Just Who Was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. However, he was not born there. St. Patrick was born in England to a Roman family in the fifth century. However, at sixteen years old, he was kidnapped from his family and sold into slavery in Ireland.

During his six years of slavery, his faith grew immensely. He had a dream about a ship that would take him home, and to freedom. So, he fled his captivity and made it back to England.

However, it wasn’t all clover and rainbows for Patrick. He was captured again and held briefly, coming to near starvation, before he was finally able to make it home to his family.

Eventually, he felt called to return to Ireland and minister to the people there. Not feeling qualified to undertake such a task, he was reluctant. He finally made it back to the island and traveled far and wide, baptizing and confirming Irish people.

He was continually in fear he would be martyred. He was conscientious in his dealings with officials and non-Christians.

As time has passed and his writings are more studied, we understand how humble, yet truthful he was. St. Patrick bared his soul in his writings, and people were drawn to him. He is only credited with a few writings, but they are notable.

Legends of St. Patrick

It didn’t take long for St. Patrick to become legendary, and these legends grew more with each passing year. One of the most famous legends is that he drove all the snakes from Ireland into the sea. Another is that he raised people from the dead, something he himself wrote about doing (33 in fact).

The most widely circulated legend is that of the shamrock. Tales of St. Patrick using the shamrock to describe the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, are widespread.

So, St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th, the feast of this saint. While St. Patrick is revered and celebrated in Ireland, the festivities most Americans know are very American. Emigrants from Ireland to the U.S. made the holiday what it is today.

Boston had the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1737, followed by New York City. Chicago started coloring the river green in 1962.

Today, people drink beer dyed green, eat corned beef and cabbage, and wear green every possible way. Of course, you will see shamrocks and “Kiss me; I’m Irish” everywhere.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

So, are you looking for ways to celebrate this special, green day? Here are some ideas.

  1. Make a Craft. If you have kids, holidays are always the perfect excuse for a themed craft. Anything green or involving a shamrock will be perfect. Check out these ideas.

  2. Bake or Drink Something Green. Green cupcakes? Yes, please. Green pancakes? Perfect start to the day. Green milkshakes? Of course! Ensure you have a tube of green food dye, and the sky's the limit.

  3. Learn about Ireland or Read Some Irish Literature. More than 30 million Americans who claim Irish descent? Take some time to learn about this unique country and read some of the famous minds of the island. Check out some James Joyce or Jonathon Swift, if you’re looking for a place to start.

  4. Listen to Irish Music. Yes, we know Riverdance is cliche. Watch it today! It is fascinating and impressive, no matter your interest in it. Find an Irish Pub, or a pub pretending to be Irish for the holiday. It will be a fun night, either way.

  5. Drink a Green Beer. You won’t be hard-pressed to find a place serving green beer. Generally, Guinness takes the honor, but you might find another variety. If you can’t find a green beer, order a Guinness by itself and enjoy the day.

  6. Drink an Irish Coffee. Don’t like beer? Don’t worry. Try an Irish Coffee! Typically, an Irish Coffee has coffee (duh), brown sugar, cream, and whiskey. Make it extra authentic and grab a bottle of Irish Whiskey. Make your own with this recipe.

  7. Make Corned Beef and Cabbage. You can’t get any more Irish than corned beef and cabbage. There are many recipes to try. This is a classic, tried and true recipe. If you prefer the slow cooker, check out this recipe.

  8. Irish Soda Bread, Anyone? If you have never made Irish Soda Bread, it is a fairly simple recipe with a tasty result. Some compare them to scones, but you can add whatever mix-ins you prefer. Check out this recipe here.

Stop by Sweetbriar Rose

While we won’t be open on St. Patrick’s Day as it’s on a Tuesday, we will have some St. Patrick Day specials the weekend of March 14th. Stop by for themed Jell-O shots, food specials, and more!

So, how do you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

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