This past week, military families received a dispensation from eating meat on St. Patrick’s Day. However, if we ate our traditional St. Paddy’s Day meat on Friday, we had to choose a meatless day in the week. So, it wasn’t a complete dispensation.
After hearing my husband mention to someone a couple weeks ago that, “Shepherd’s Pie” is much more traditional of an Irish meal, than corned beef, I decided to make our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations last several days this year, beginning with Shepherd’s Pie on Thursday. I used an instant mashed potatoes recipe by McCormick this year, which turned out quite well.
In the lead-up to our Friday festivities, I accepted an offer to try a couple craft activities by Trendily. She shared her St. Paddy’s craft activities for free, in exchange for an honest review.
I am allergic to craft activities – I’ve been honest with that for years. So, I was a little hesitant to participate, but put my discomfort aside to encourage my son, who himself has a dislike of coloring, to participate. We even got Little Miss in on the action.
When everything was said and done, I think the activity and craft was a success! In the packet from Trendzilly were coloring pages (seen above), and prayer cards to assemble. We put together the prayer cards, which my son handed out to other children at the Stations of the Cross on Friday evening.
I would say this packet was a great success, and next year, I know to use glue stick on the prayer cards, rather than regular glue. One of the parts I appreciated with this activity, aside from being family-friendly, was watching my son take ownership and pride in his St. Patrick picture (which is colored with red eyes, since apparently St. Patrick is a Bergen – if you haven’t seen Trolls, our family recommends it), and watching my son proudly approach other children at the chapel, wishing them a Happy St. Patrick’s Day as he offered them a prayer card.
We kicked off St. Paddy’s Day with green pancakes – something my four year old looked forward to, until they were on his plate. He then asked to make TMNT cookies, “Because they are green, Mom! And, could we make [Little Miss] her pink cookies, too?!”
No St. Patrick’s Day, though, in my heart, is complete without corned beef. Even if it isn’t a traditional Irish dish, it is Irish American, so it counts to me. Therefore, I scheduled a St. Patrick’s Day Do-Again for today. Granted, I am the only one who participated in wearing green, but, dinner tonight is corned beef, red potatoes, and green beans.
My husband surprised me this morning by sending me off to Mass with just Little Miss – he was hoping I would get something out of Mass by just having one child. So, this is what was worn to Mass this weekend:
And, here is what I remember from the homily at Mass:
“God is well-rested, and never tires of waiting for us.”
What I heard? God is not exhausted. Unlike me. I am not like God. Lucky God.
Our chaplain also made a strong case for religion-based spirituality. He said some things which were similar to Christ’s message in the book,
I happen to know the chaplain hasn’t read this book, but the messages were a comforting reminder.
How did your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? What’s your take on corned beef? Have you read any good books lately? Have you cooked anything yummy, or done a family activity together which you would like to share?
I look forward to hearing in the comments!