I’m not sure where the whole leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day thing came from but they have NOTHING to do with him.
Like elves and Christmas, leprechauns have become the generic non-religious alternative to the real reason we celebrate the holiday (holy days).
That said, there is no lack of wonderful things to explore to celebrate the real St. Patrick.
Below are some St. Patrick’s Day books, songs, recipes and more to celebrate the man who brought Christianity to Ireland — all leprechaun free!
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
–from St. Patrick’s Breastplate
Something to Read about St. Patrick
Something to Listen To about St. Patrick
Audio Story about St Patrick from Story Nory
Something to Sing about St. Patrick
The Breastplate of St. Patrick is a lovely hymn based on St. Patrick’s writings (also called Deer’s Cry or the Lorica). I love this contemporary version by Steve Bell. A more traditional version by Celtic Woman is below.
Something to Eat for St. Patrick’s Day
Colcannon – potatoes, bacon/ham, cabbage
Your St. Patrick’s Day can be totally leprechaun and rainbow free! Celebrate the day by honoring a man who made a tremendous impact on a nation and our world. Enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day books, songs, recipes and more!
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