5 Cool Facts About St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

St. Patrick's Day Traditions

Do you know the origins behind these common St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Read on to find out.

  • St. Patrick Was a British Missionary -Born a British noble during the occupation of the Roman Empire, St. Patrick was kidnapped and enslaved at 16 in Ireland. He eventually escaped but came back later as a missionary to convert the native Irish.
  • The First St. Paddy’s Day Parade Was in America -While St. Patrick’s Day has been an Irish celebration for centuries, the first parade happened in the 1700s to celebrate Irish soldiers in the English army.
  • The Shamrock Is A Sham -There’s no evidence that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the trinity to converts, as the old legend goes. The association of the shamrock started around the 17th century when people would wear shamrocks on their coats and end the day by “drowning” it in their whiskey.
  • More Than 3 Million Pints of Guinness Are Consumed -Guinness originates in Dublin, Ireland, and roughly 3 million pints of the Irish beer are consumed on St. Patrick’s Day – a drastic change from the typical 600,000 pints every day.
  • Poor Irish-Americans Invented Corned Beef and Cabbage -When Irish immigrants came to America, they opted for the cheapest options on the market, with corned beef being the cheapest meat and cabbage being a common spring vegetable.

We at Cambridge Classic Ford hoped you learned something you didn’t know before from reading this list of St. Patrick’s Day traditions!

Christmas Traditions to Make Your Holiday Season Memorable

Christmas Traditions

The holiday season is the ideal time to start up a tradition, creating memories that your loved ones will remember and re-visit year after year. Looking for some ideas? Check out these easy-to-start Christmas traditions:

  • Pick out a Christmas tree at a tree farm, where you can find the perfect addition for your home and family.
  • Decorate the Christmas tree together, perhaps while listening to your favorite Christmas album.
  • Every year, make a new Christmas tree ornament together with the year listed somewhere on the ornament to chronicle the tradition.
  • Make Christmas cookies and decorate them with various colors of frosting and sprinkles.
  • Go caroling, or simply sing a song or two at home around the fire.
  • Learn about how other cultures spend their Christmas season, and consider incorporating one of their traditions into your own.
  • Find a way to volunteer locally, improving the Christmas of other families in your neighborhood.
  • Lastly, watch your favorite holiday movie, whether it’s an animated classic like How the Grinch Stole Christmas! or something more contemporary, like Elf, and watch it every year!

And of course, to start your holiday season with a brand new car – ready to topple snowy conditions – stop by and visit us anytime at Cambridge Classic Ford.