All across the country, rivers are turning emerald, shamrocks are in abundance and visions of leprechauns dance through the streets. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
As the nation prepares to celebrate all things Irish, the question on our minds is this: Have you found something green to wear? According to tradition, those who don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day risk getting pinched. When you think about it, that’s kind of an odd tradition, isn’t it? Curious, we decided to look up where it comes from.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, the pinching is actually an American creation, and it started somewhere around 1700. “St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green),” says the newspaper. “People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.”
Being in the hair care and beauty business, we know all kinds of tips and tricks to work green into your wardrobe March 17. Here are some favorite ideas to share with your brood.
Three-leaf clover braid. Your little one will leap like a leprechaun for this adorable three-leaf clover braid! See the instructional video from Cute Girls Hairstyles here. Tie on a green bow, and you’re good to go!
Nail it this holiday. Get your creative juices flowing and break out the green nail polish! Any little bit of green will do, but the more clever the better. Nails’ Magazine’s Nail Art Gallery has some great ideas and Irish inspiration.
Accessorize away. Green bows, green barrettes, green headbands, green hair clips—a little color goes a long way! You can even make your own by following these instructions by Fiskars.