St. Patrick's Day E-cards

Fun and cute Saint Patrick's Day cards and ecards celebrate the festive holiday that March 17th has become over the past fifteen hundred centuries. At one time, the date was a religious commemoration honoring the fifth century missionary to Ireland who, according to legend, rid the island of all its snakes. Today, especially in the United States, it is mostly symbolized by shamrocks, leprechauns, wearing of the green, and clever Irish sayings. A simple internet search brings up a multitude of sites offering St Patricks Day ecards that can be personalized and emailed to family and friends.

The origins of St. Patrick's Day go back into the mists of time. A sixteen-year-old British boy was kidnapped from his wealthy family's estate by Irish raiders. For six years, he worked as a shepherd. Historians believe that he turned to God during this lonely time in the young boy's life. In his writings, Patrick tells about visions he had of God talking to him. At God's direction, Patrick escaped his captors and returned to Britain. He spent several years in religious study, but followed God's voice again, returning to Ireland as a missionary. Though he was probably not the first Christian to serve as a missionary to the island, the saint is credited with being influential in replacing the ancient pagan traditions with the truth of Christianity. Sending Saint Patrick's Day cards with a Christian emphasis is a great way of honoring the origins of the holiday.

St. Patrick wrote a spiritual autobiography called Confessio and another work titled Epistola in which he denounced the British treatment of Irish Christians. A popular legend is that the saint stood on top of a hill, now called Croagh Patrick, and sent all the island's snakes into the sea. Historians pretty much agree that there weren't any snakes to be driven out of Ireland. However, it's likely that the pagans included a serpent in their worship as the serpent symbol is common in pagan tradition. Historians interpret the legend as symbolizing the removal of pagan worship from the land. The famed missionary is believed to have died on March 17 in approximately 460 A.D. Though it may be possible to find St Patricks Day ecards that depict the missionary's legendary deed, other symbols are more representative of the holiday's cultural heritage.

Leprechauns and four-leaf clovers are popular icons on Saint Patrick's Day cards. In Celtic folklore, leprechauns are cranky tricksters responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies. The word comes from "lobaircio" which means "small-bodied fellow." Though these guardians of the treasure at rainbow's end have a long history in folklore, their association with the March 17th holiday seems to be much more modern. Apparently, the wee green-clad fellows didn't become associated with the holiday until after the premiere of the Walt Disney classic, Darby O'Gill and the Little People.

Shamrocks, called "seamroy" or "little clover" by the Celts, often grace St Patricks Day ecards, party invitations, clothing, and other items associated with celebrating the day. It's thought that St. Patrick used the clover to teach the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. On a three-leaf clover, each leaf stood for a different person in the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. On four-leaf shamrocks, the fourth leaf stands for God's grace. The leaves are also said to symbolize faith, hope, love, and luck. This representation is reminiscent of the apostle Paul's words to the Corinthian church: "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity" (1 Corinthians 13:13). In time, the shamrock became a sacred symbol of the rebirth of spring and, later, a good luck symbol that keeps away evil spirits. By the seventeenth century, the shamrock represented Irish pride in their heritage and opposition to British rule.

Irish immigrants observed March 17th as an important day as early as 1737 in Boston. Irish soldiers in the English military marched in the first American parade in New York City in 1762 (before the United States was formed). The parade is now recognized as the both the oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States. The modern New York City parades last over five hours and have over a hundred thousand participants. Since 1962, the residents of the Windy City have celebrated March 17th by putting green dye into the Chicago River. Historically, the holiday in Ireland has been a day of spiritual renewal and prayer for worldwide missionaries. Most businesses close and people usually attend mass in the morning and celebrate with parades later in the day. To attract tourists and showcase Irish heritage, Dublin now holds a multi-day Saint Pat's Festival with parades, concerts, and fireworks. More businesses stay open now than did in the past to cater to the celebrants.

March 17th is no longer just for the Irish. People from all nationalities enjoy sending and receiving Saint Patrick's Day cards, dressing up in green so as not to get pinched, baking shamrock-shaped cookies, attending parades and parties, and enjoying traditional Irish cuisine, such as corned beef and cabbage. Anyone can wear a "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" button or t-shirt; it seems that on this one day everyone is an honorary leprechaun. Sending St Patricks Day ecards is especially easy. Greeting card websites offer all kinds of choices including free ones with animation and music. With a few clicks of the mouse, family and friends, whether Irish or not, can know they're in the sender's thoughts.

Memorial Day Ecards

Memorial Day ecards can be found on the Internet to celebrate and remember those who have given their lives in service to their country. The holiday became an official celebration being observed on May 30, 1868. The way that most people celebrate this holiday is by visiting memorials or cemeteries, flying the American Flag at half mast and remembering those who have lost loved ones while in service to their country and those who were disabled while in service. Memorial Day quotes help to remind those who read them that a person should honor those who have helped to retain the country's freedom and honor. "He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him" (Psalm 91:15).

Free ecards on the Internet make it easy and simple to send a greeting for any occasion or acknowledgement. Memorial Day ecards send greetings of thankfulness and respect to those who have made huge sacrifices. There are special cards for servicemen and women, veterans, heroes, fallen heroes, friends, greetings to the family of servicemen and women, greetings that say thanks and greetings that contain prayers. Sentiments are appropriate that contain wishes full of pride, warmth, and love. Cards online often contain audio files, animation, and graphics that really provide some great detail and emphasis for the receiver. The giver will be blessed by giving for it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Remembering others who have served people and country is an important part of celebrating Memorial Day. Sometimes a holiday may come and go without a person giving much thought to what he or she is celebrating. A good way to get in the spirit and think about what a holiday is really all about is to read quotes that apply. Memorial Day quotes remind others of the reason for the celebration. Many brave men and women have served in the armed forces and continue to do so. They should be recognized for the sacrifice they have made and continue to make.

Sending a gift along with a greeting is a good way to celebrate any holiday when there is heartfelt meaning behind it. Appropriate gifts that mimic the theme can be found on the Internet when looking for Memorial Day ecards. Some of the gifts include patriotic memorabilia and other themed items such as clothes, picnic accessories, and outdoor paraphernalia. Other ideas for gifts include gourmet foods, chocolate, cookies, and cakes. This celebration often includes outdoor activities and grilling. Outdoor activities might include playing sports or just hanging out at the local park and having a picnic. Gifts are easily found online where they are broken up by gender, age, and by topic.

Many sites on the Internet include information about various holidays. Some of this information includes Memorial Day quotes that add some seriousness to the reason for the celebration, how the holiday got started, when it became a legal holiday, and how it is normally celebrated. The celebration began in 1868 when people decorated the graves of the servicemen who gave their lives during the Civil War. At that time Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day but was changed shortly thereafter. Many years ago everything closed on the holiday and towns participated in hosting a parade along the main street or thoroughfare. People took out time to visit the graves of those who had served and died by placing flags and flowers on the graves. This holiday is not celebrated as before and the sentimental and commemorative aspect should be brought back as people remember the lives lost for freedom and country by setting aside a special time for prayer for those who have served and are serving today.

A National Moment of Remembrance was adopted in the year 2000 to remind Americans to set aside a certain time on the holiday to remember. This remembrance shows respect for those who have served and are serving today. Local areas may have a parade or a celebration that a person can participate in by either looking on the Internet or reading the local newspaper. In addition, Memorial Day ecards can help to make the celebration special for close family and friends. It is a good thing to let those special people know that others appreciate the sacrifice.

Another great way to celebrate the holiday is to give flowers or place flowers on the graves of those who served people and country. Some of the flowers found on the Internet for the holiday are red, white, and blue roses or carnations, white daises, lilies, tulips, lavender, and chrysanthemums, among others. Sending flowers can be a very thoughtful gift around a holiday especially with a heartfelt greeting or sentiment attached. They add beauty and fragrance to any room as well as bringing the outdoors inside.

The observance of Memorial Day is a very patriotic holiday. Another patriotic holiday is Independence Day. Both of these are important observances as national holidays. Memorial Day quotes and Independence Day quotes help to remind people of the reason why the observance of these celebrations are important. Patriotic quotes can be found on the Internet and will serve to remind readers of the truth of these celebrations. Where would a nation be without the brave men and women who make the necessary sacrifices to guarantee freedom? Christians should pray this holiday for those still abroad and at home who are serving people and country.

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