*ST. PATRICK'S DAY

St. Patrick's Day is Thursday, March 17, 2016. Do something fun! Send a Saint Patrick's Day gift basket or gift baskets to spread the cheer! Tasty treats and snacks to go along with the mugs of green beer! Many of our designs can be decorated with a Saint Patrick's Day flair!

There is disagreement over where Saint Patrick was born. It is considered to be Britain, Scotland, or Wales in 387. Around 432, Saint Patrick went to Ireland as a priest to do missionary work. Irish folklore is that one of St. Patrick's teaching methods was to use the shamrock, a 3 leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people. The Trinity; one indivisible God expressed as the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ, the Redeemer), and God the Holy Spirit/Sustainer. After 30 years of Saint Patrick's evangelism, it is believed that he was buried in Downpatrick, Ireland on March 17, in the year 461. Patrick was considered the principal champion of Irish Christianity by the Irish church. It has been said that he drove the snacks out of Ireland, but at the same time it has been said that there were no snakes for him to drive out at that time. He is considered to be the patron saint of Ireland.

Folklore is that leprechauns are short Irish fairies that are mischievous, make shoes, clad in green, and store their coins in a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured by a human, a leprechaun can grant three wishes in exchange for their release. Kiss the Blarney Stone or Kissing the Blarney Stone ... Bluestone was set into a tower of Blarney Castle, in Blarney, Ireland in 1446. Legend is that kissing this stone endows the kisser with great eloquence... or the gift of gab. This is no easy task since it requires the person to reach the castle peak and then lean backwards on the edge. It has been thought that if you wear green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was a good thing because the Leprechauns pinch people that they see. Pinching was to remind others about the leprechauns if they weren't wearing green. During the gold rush years in America, many of the most successful miners were of Irish descent. This led to the "luck of the Irish" expression. The secular celebration of Saint Patrick's Day started in America and has spread around the world. In Ireland, it is more of a religious matter.