Anyway, we received the Sumo of the Opera Veggie Tale video when boys were little and on it there is a short about the history of St. Patrick's Day. I love it! It has totally morphed my view of the day and has set up mini celebration within our family. Things I love about St. Patrick (and would love to emulate):
1) He was in slavery for 6 years; all the while praying over 100 times a day and night with very little head knowledge of God. But continuous!
2) Upon freedom, he sought head and heart knowledge.
3) He took what he had learned back to a place of former personal discomfort to share with those same people.
4) He saw God in creation and pointed out God's own creation to others attempting to show His character and dynamism. (clover to show Trinity)
This year I did further research for Homeschool and discovered more about why 4 leaf clover is thought to be lucky. I was surprised to find that this was before St. Pat made 3-leaf special in Ireland. It was widely thought in England and France that Eve had carried a 4-leaf out of the Garden of Eden and that it was a piece of paradise, symbolic of Faith, Hope, Love, and God's Grace. So people would search for these special clovers amongst the carpets of clover.
Today we didn't discuss leprechauns much, but we used Cole's trap from last year as a table decoration. Dax's from years ago was too detailed and large to keep but I have a photo. From his trip to Savannah last week, David brought home light up shamrocks and a light up ring for K. We had green milk and Lucky Charms for breakfast through Shamrock straws wearing our hats from 2011, discussed the aforementioned history, completed some St. Pat spelling with spelling 52 words out of "Saint Patrick's Day", studied some limericks, the saint himself, and did a little St. Pat Sudoku. Sprite and green Goldfish were included for snack, and there will be a viewing of the Veggie video this evening.