Saint Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland, and he is celebrated every year on March 17th by people of Irish descent and others alike. The holiday is typically associated with green apparel, Irish food, alcoholic beverages, music, and dancing. There are many ways aging adults can have fun on St. Patrick’s Day.
1. Wear Green
Whether Irish or not, many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green. Your senior loved one can pick something from his or her normal wardrobe or go a little unorthodox. Have some fun by creating unique clothing combinations, crafts, hair decorations, or hats together. If you’re planning a family gathering, consider making personalized decorations for all who will be attending the event.
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2. Create Decorations
Make shamrocks from construction paper and decorate them with popular Irish sayings and gold glitter. Consider making a variety of shamrocks of different sizes or a decorative wreath or garland. If your loved one has artistic skills, he or she can create a leprechaun accompanied by a rainbow and pot of gold. The decorations are limited only by your loved one’s imagination, so encourage him or her to be creative.
3. Watch a St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Many larger communities celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by having a procession down main avenues. Consider taking your loved one to see the parade if weather permits and your neighborhood offers such an event. Otherwise, certain cities may televise the parade, which enables you and your loved one to enjoy the procession from the comfort of home.
4. Eat Green Food
You, your loved one, and the entire family can get together for a traditional Irish dinner. Prepare corned beef and cabbage along with some soda bread. Desserts might include anything from mint chip ice cream or lime gelatin to cakes, cupcakes, or cookies decorated for the occasion. Find recipes for green punch or other festive beverages. Encourage your loved one to help you prepare the upcoming feast, as it provides the chance to share memories while allowing him or her to feel useful.
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5. Have a Night of Holiday-Themed Fun
With the family gathered, consider playing St. Patrick’s Day-themed games, which might include bingo using uniquely crafted cards or pin the shamrock on the leprechaun. Find puzzles that commemorate Irish culture. Musically-talented family members might prepare a special presentation. Gather a variety of Irish-themed movies to enjoy together and serve baked treats and beverages. Your loved one will enjoy the company and the fun that accompanies the family gathering.
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