Tuesday, March 18, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Fun & "Bet You Didn't Know!"

     Tis' the day to celebrate St. Patrick! Holly Tree has decked the halls with shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold! We have also have photos of some of our sweethearts in their finest St. Patty's Day attire! So let me introduce a St. Patrick's Day at Holly Tree, through a fun-filled photo documentary!

Breakfast time!!! Those sneaky little leprechauns.... they turned our milk green!

Our "lucky" breakfast- a shamrock cinnamon roll and a side of milk!

Pre-K is ready to take on this holiday with their festive display!

I caught Ms. Elizabeth's Pre-K class as they were on a quest to find the sneaky leprechaun that was playing tricks on our school! They sure were happy to see me and tell me all about what had happened that day!

Meanwhile, In Ms. Samantha's Toddler classroom, Eli L. was working intensely on his leprechaun art. Way to go Eli!

Our featured St. Patty's Day Artist: Mr. Charlie of our Toddler Room (we especially like the beard!) 

We had to catch this cutie, Ms. Alyssa, having some cuddle time with Ms. Makenya! We love her green outfit! Way to show your St. Patrick's Day spirit!
Could those shamrock pants be any cuter?? One look at our sweet Ava, and I would bet even the trickiest leprechaun would hand over his pot of gold!

Logan shows his St. Patty's pride off with his "lucky" shirt and a BIG smile!

Now let's get to the facts.....

"Bet You Didn't Know," St. Patrick's Day Facts!

  • The Irish have observed this holiday for over 1,000 years.
  • St. Patrick was accredited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.
  • St. Patrick's Day is an observation of St. Patrick's death that occurred March 17th in the fifth century.
  • New York & Boston host the largest St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the US (there are over 100!).
  • The first parade that honored St. Patrick was not held in Ireland, but the United States!
  • People from all backgrounds celebrate this holiday, especially the US, Canada, and Australia. Other locations that hold celebrations include Japan and Russia.
  • St. Patrick's Day falls during the Christian season of Lent. The Irish would typically attend church in the morning & celebrate in the afternoon.
  • Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived, and people would dance, drink and feast on the traditional mean of Irish bacon & cabbage.
For these & more fun St. Patrick's Day facts, please visit: http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day

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