Gifts for St. Patrick’s Day
Top o’ the morn’! It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe you’re taking March 17 off of school or work to get an early start in pubs with names like Molly Malone’s, O’Toole’s and Patsy’s. Kilts and Celtic bands will abound, as will parades overflowing with bagpipes, free-flowing grog and everything green. At our house, “green” includes milk and toilet water, despite the intricate leprechaun traps my children build every year. In honor of the most festive holiday of the year, here are five fast facts about St. Patrick’s Day that may surprise you:
1) Born in Britain during the 4th century, St. Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders at the age of 16 and sold as a slave. He later escaped and became a priest in Britain, though he returned to Ireland as a missionary.
2) To help teach the Trinity to his followers, he used the shamrock.
3) St. Patrick is credited for bringing Christianity to Ireland, and was made the country’s Patron Saint.
4) Ironically, St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in Boston in 1737 by Irish immigrants to commemorate the anniversary of his death. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade wasn’t held in Ireland until 1931.
5) In honor of St. Patrick, March 17 is now a public holiday in Ireland—and the eating and drinking restrictions of Lent are lifted. With only a mere 24 hours to drink and feast, it’s no wonder that the holiday has become as much of a cultural celebration as a religious one.
Here are a few gift ideas to share the luck ‘o the Irish with those in your life. Erin Go Bragh!
What’s St. Patrick’s Day without munchies to help wash down pints of beer? These Pub Snacks ($34.95) even have bacon, which will immediately make you everyone’s friend at the bar.
Or, opt for these premium handcrafted treats splashed in green from Harry and David ($39.95).
Whether you’re Irish or simply wish you were, raise a toast to the Emerald Isle with customized Banner Beer Mugs ($31.00 for a set of two). You can even turn any home bar into an Irish Pub with the Old Irish Personalized Slate Plaque ($24.70).
Finally, there is the day after St. Patrick’s Day. Hello, Recovery Bundle ($41.95). After all, Oh Danny Boy can’t ring in the ears forever. (You’re welcome.)
Jennifer Benson is a freelance writer based in San Diego, where she lives with her very tall leprechaun of nearly 15 years and her three slightly shorter leprechauns who will soon also be taller than her.