How To Explain The Spirit Of St. Patrick’s Day To Your Toddler

How To Explain The Spirit Of St. Patrick's Day To Your Toddler

Mommy Why Am I Wearing Green?

I honestly don’t remember if I ever had St. Patrick’s day actually explained to me as a child. I do recall an episode of the Simpsons when Groundskeeper Willy was chasing all the snakes off of the playground alluding to St. Patrick. That does ring a bell. That must have been where I learned about it. Or, I’m positive we must have learned about it in school. Somehow I just grew up knowing that on March 17th I wear green.

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Morgan is still too young to understand fully what I share with her but I wanted to make sure that I did my research so that I can pass on to her the stories and traditions of the many holidays that we celebrate here in America.

We are not of Irish decent. I was actually born in Romania, my family came to the US during the downfall of Communism. Austin has a German and Scandinavian heritage. Morgan is a first generation baby born in the US (from my side that is). Although many people in the US are not of Irish decent they do celebrate St. Patrick’s day as a jovial and fun spirited day.

I absolutely love traditions and customs so I set out to learn as much as I could about St. Patrick’s day. Here are the top 7 things that I have learned about the spirit of St. Patrick’s day that I will use to explain it to my little Morgan.

  1. St. Patrick was born in 385 AD and died on March 17, 460 AD. We celebrate St. Patrick’s day on March 17th as a remembrance of his life and death.
  2. St. Patrick was born in Banwen a small village in the Neath Port Talbot county borough in Wales. He was not of Irish decent.
  3. St. Patrick was a Christian missionary credited with converting Ireland to Christianity in 400 AD, he thus became the patron saint of Ireland.
  4. Shamrocks have long been a symbol of St Patrick’s day, legend says that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people. The Holy Trinity is the concept of Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit: three separate entities forming one God.
  5. St. Patrick was known for ridding Ireland of snakes.  However, snakes have never been indigenous to Ireland, due to the cold water that surround the island. Many have speculated that St. Patrick actually drove out the pagans, and therefore, the word “snakes” was symbolic.
  6. Ireland’s national color is green thus people wear green on St. Patrick’s day as a symbolic gesture.
  7. Leprechauns are also something you see quite often associated with St. Patrick’s day. They are a part of old Irish legend. Irish legends states that if you spot a leprechaun, he will have to tell you where his pot of gold can be found.

I feel so much better knowing the history of St. Patrick’s day. I am so very glad that I will be able to celebrate it with Morgan. As a special treat I bought her the cutest Lucky Leprechaun Doll as seen in my image above. You never realize how fun and amazing holidays can be until you see them from the eyes of a child. I can’t wait for tomorrow so I can celebrate with my little Morgan.

How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s day?

26 Replies to “How To Explain The Spirit Of St. Patrick’s Day To Your Toddler”

  1. I’m all grown up and I don’t know the history. I guess I’m the toddler you just explained to. Lol. I’m from Nigeria, It’s not a popular holiday. NIce read.

    1. hahhah! I don’t remember learning about it either, glad that I was able to help so many people learn about it

    1. totally agree! someone suggested I do this with all the holidays. I totally just might I learned so much!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! I had no idea about all of these St. Patrick’s Days facts. Your little one is lucky to be growing up with a momma who is going to explain holidays to her!

    1. Me either until I researched it, there were so many things I had no clue about especially the Shamrock and the holy trinity

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