Smile! It’s St. Patrick’s Day

May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck

What is it about St. Patrick’s Day that makes us smile? First of all, it’s a celebration of Irish culture with its folklore and traditions whether inherited or adopted. It’s an opportunity to toast and raise a glass with family and friends. It’s a time to bestow blessings, share good wishes and wear something green. It’s the promise of spring just around the corner. But most importantly, it’s a great time to tell corny jokes …

Here are some good ones to share with the kids:

Q: How did the leprechaun beat the Irishman to the pot of gold?

A: He took a short cut!

Q: What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover?

A: A rash of good luck!

Q: Why would you never iron a four-leaf clover?

A: Because you shouldn’t press your luck!

Q: Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun?

A: Because they‘re always a little short!

There are also lots of good stories and folklore to share about the Irish:

The Legend of the Shamrock

There is an honored legend
From Ireland’s ancient lore
Of how St. Patrick drove the snakes
From Erin’s lovely shore.

The wee folk were in danger
From serpents all around
That hid beneath the rocks
And moved without a sound.

When good St Patrick came
To preach and labor there
He brought the shamrock with him
And planted it everywhere.

And as the shamrocks flourished
The Snakes began to flee
Soon they reached the shore
And were swallowed by the sea.

The wee folk marveled and asked St Patrick why?
“The shamrock is the Trinity,” was his reply.
The Trinity is three-in-one and God is all of them,
Three leaves joined by a single stem.

The serpents learned this sacred power
In Eden long ago, and cannot bear to stay here now
Because they fear it so
St Patrick drove the serpents all away
And they’ve not returned to this very day.

Here’s an Irish blessing to send you on your way: May the most you wish for be the least you get!

And one more joke for the day:

Knock, Knock

Who’s there?

Irish

Irish who?

Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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