Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Who Can Resist a Big Green Teddy Bear?
He's charming and fun, and fluffy and green, a huggable big bear. And at this time of year, when all things green become just a little more important and special our resident Giant Green Teddy Bear Willy Shags has a lot of fun with St. Patrick's Day!
Be sure you check out our Giant Teddy Pinterest St. Patrick's Day board for some of his favorite food, drinks, games, crafts and bears!
Here is some of Willy's favorite Irish Trivia, just for you:
"You're Full of Blarney" means you have the ability to weave a pretty tale, talk about anything, and flatter people senseless!
"Kiss the Blarney Stone" is how you actually get to BE full of Blarney! There is a stone from the Castle Blarney in Ireland and legend says if you kiss it, you are gifted with luck and the silver tongue to say anything.
"Kiss Me I'm Irish" ... for those who can't get to Ireland, legend states that kissing an Irish person is the next best lucky thing.
"St. Patrick" wasn't even Irish - GASP! He was British. He was born in Scotland around the year 385.
"Shamrocks" are associated with St. Patrick's Day because Saint Patrick used the Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) to the people of Ireland.
"St. Patrick's Mom & Dad" were Calpurnius and Conchessa, Romans living in Britain.
"Luck of the Irish" is a phrase that came from the number of Irish people who had luck in the gold and silver mines and struck it rich.
"Wearing of the Green" this relates to a lot of ideas, including that fact that Spring starts right around St. Patrick's Day (which is of course March 17th) and Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle for the lush green of the countryside. And of course, shamrocks are green! The flag also has green as one of the colors.
"St. Patrick's Day Parades" according to history and legend started here in America... some say there was a small one in Boston around 1737 and some say it was more official when Irish soldiers fighting in the Revolutionary War held one on March 17th around 1766.
"Pinch Me" for not wearing green. Irish people thought wearing green made them invisible to leprechauns, little fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see.
and speaking of them...
"Leprechauns" who were fairy creatures usually shown as little old men with beards and specific hats and coats who liked to cause mischief, made shoes, and kept all their gold in a pot at the end of the rainbow. If captured they have to grant 3 wishes to be released.
"Turn the river green" started in Chicago in 1962 when they dyed the river green for the first time on St. Patrick's Day and have ever since.
Visit all of our amazing St. Patrick's Day teddy bears on Giant Teddy's website or make your very own with a Personalized T-Shirt from our gallery - you can put any of our shirts on any bear we sell on GiantTeddy.com.