Growing up 100% Dutch in a Dutch community, St. Patrick's Day was usually nothing more than a blip on the calendar where you might think about wearing green--if you happened to remember. I knew very little about the traditions of St. Patrick's Day (other than green shamrocks and an excuse to drink a lot of beer). Not much has changed for me over the years.
Emily, however, was much more excited. She put together a costume and wrapped up a big, green gift to be opened on St. Patrick's Day. Both she & Lincoln had been eagerly anticipating this event. Lincoln did the honors and discovered a fun collection of stuff including a card, pipe-cleaner shamrock and other random stuff.
It was all innocent fun fueled by Emily's creativity. It also didn't involve buying anything or extensive planning and execution by me. I saw this article shared on Facebook concerning the over-kill on holidays these days. I couldn't agree more. I feel like I have become a holiday scrooge, and I think this is one of the reasons why. At least Emily wasn't expecting chocolate gold coins! (Although she might have mentioned something about looking for leprechauns.)
P.S. I must also admit that I didn't even know the true story of St. Patrick until just recently when the kids were watching a VeggieTales video called "Sumo of the Opera". I'm glad Emily at least knows the real meaning behind the holiday.