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A Hallmark St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day card
Cover: St. Patrick plucked a shamrock out of Ireland's sweet, green sod, and said, "Behold a symbol of the Trinity of God!"
Inside: Although St. Patrick lived so long ago and far away, May his blessed inspiration fill your heart again today. God Bless You.
 
St. Patrick's Day card
Inside: May the luck of the Irish be yours!
 
St. Patrick's Day card
Cover: For Both of You. Wishing you always – Walls for the wind and a roof for the rain and tea beside the fire...
Inside: Laughter to cheer you and those you love near you – And all that your hearts may desire. Happy St. Patrick's Day.
 
Shoebox St. Patrick's Day card
Cover: "I be the wee-est one!" "No, I be!" "No, the wee-est one be me!"
Inside: With leprechauns, size is everything. Happy St. Patrick's Day.
 
St. Patrick's Day Birthday card
Cover: How easy is it to celebrate your birthday on St. Patrick's Day?
Inside: Piece o' cake!
 

WHEN
St. Patrick's Day is always on March 17.

Retailers begin displaying St. Patrick's Day cards, partyware, gift wrap, and decorative items on Feb. 15.

WHAT
St. Patrick's Day invokes the spirit of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who is credited with introducing Christianity into Ireland.

Observed as a religious occasion in Ireland, the more secular American celebration recognizes the contributions of the Irish to American life and Irish-American pride.

FAST FACTS
Greeting Cards

• Industry-wide, Americans will exchange about 8 million St. Patrick's Day cards in 2005, making it the ninth-largest card-sending occasion in the United States.

• For 2005, Hallmark offers more than 100 St. Patrick's Day greeting card designs, including St. Patrick's birthday cards and Shoebox humor cards.

• Hallmark began producing St. Patrick's Day cards in the early 1920s.

Activities
• 110.6 million consumers plan to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
• 93.3 million people plan to wear green.
• 19.8 million people plan to decorate their home or office with St. Pat's merchandise.
• 14.2 million Americans will celebrate at a private party.
(Source: National Retail Federation)

Population
• 34.3 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry (almost nine times the population of Ireland itself – 3.9 million).
• The states claiming the largest concentration of people of Irish ancestry are Massachusetts, 24 percent; New Hampshire, 23 percent; and Rhode Island, 21 percent.
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

Greeting Cards
• Industry-wide, Americans will exchange about 8 million St. Patrick's Day cards in 2005, making it the ninth-largest card-sending occasion in the United States.
• For 2005, Hallmark offers more than 100 St. Patrick's Day greeting card designs, including St. Patrick's birthday cards and Shoebox humor cards.
• Hallmark began producing St. Patrick's Day cards in the early 1920s.

CELEBRATION
While more than 34 million people of Irish descent live in the United States, "everyone's a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day," as the saying goes. Americans of many backgrounds embrace and celebrate the Irish holiday.

Many communities across the nation host festive St. Patrick's Day parades, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, and New York.

The wearin' o' the green is observed in schools, in homes, in the workplace, and on the street. Tradition says you'll get pinched if you're not wearing something green.

In some families and communities, Irish dinners of corned beef and cabbage are traditional.

TRENDS
• Hallmark St. Patrick's Day card sales are highest in the Northeast, with Boston being the top city.

• 50 percent of St. Patrick's Day card sales occur during the 10 days before St. Patrick's Day.

• Keeping close, savoring relationships, and having a reason to celebrate with family and friends continue as strong trends in 2005, in light of national and world events of the past few years.

FAST FACTS
Greeting Cards

• Industry-wide, Americans will exchange about 8 million St. Patrick's Day cards in 2005, making it the ninth-largest card-sending occasion in the United States.

• For 2005, Hallmark offers more than 100 St. Patrick's Day greeting card designs, including St. Patrick's birthday cards and Shoebox humor cards.

• Hallmark began producing St. Patrick's Day cards in the early 1920s.

Activities
• 110.6 million consumers plan to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
• 93.3 million people plan to wear green.
• 19.8 million people plan to decorate their home or office with St. Pat's merchandise.
• 14.2 million Americans will celebrate at a private party.
(Source: National Retail Federation)

Population
• 34.3 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry (almost nine times the population of Ireland itself – 3.9 million).
• The states claiming the largest concentration of people of Irish ancestry are Massachusetts, 24 percent; New Hampshire, 23 percent; and Rhode Island, 21 percent.
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

CELEBRATION
While more than 34 million people of Irish descent live in the United States, "everyone's a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day,” as the saying goes. Americans of many backgrounds embrace and celebrate the Irish holiday.

Many communities across the nation host festive St. Patrick's Day parades, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, and New York.

The wearin' o' the green is observed in schools, in homes, in the workplace, and on the street. Tradition says you'll get pinched if you're not wearing something green.

In some families and communities, Irish dinners of corned beef and cabbage are traditional.

EVOL
UTION OF THE HOLIDAY
The first American St. Patrick's Day celebration appears to have been in Boston in 1737. The custom was begun by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston, a Protestant organization founded that year to help needy Irishmen.

Hundreds of thousands of Irish citizens emigrated to the United States during Ireland's “potato famine” of the mid-1840s. The year 1847 marked the peak of Irish immigration to America as a result of the crop failure in Ireland.

The Irish often met intolerance in this country as they arrived with little but the clothes on their backs. The early struggles of the Irish in America prompted them to join in demonstrating pride in their homeland. Early St. Patrick's Day celebrations sometimes became opportunities to reinforce negative stereotypes and create jokes at the expense of those of Irish descent.

Over time, the rich traditions of the Irish have been embraced as part of the U.S. cultural heritage, and while it remains a festive holiday, St. Patrick's Day has become an occasion to honor and celebrate the Irish culture.

HALLMARK CARDS, GIFTS
AND PARTY ITEMS

Hallmark designs St. Patrick's Day cards for both the Irish and the “Irish at heart,” priced from 99 cents to $3.99. One features the Peanuts character Woodstock colored in green, saying: "On St. Patrick's Day, everybody looks good in green!"

Designs and sentiments reflect Irish religious and cultural beliefs. Traditional Irish blessings and messages of faith, family, and pride in an enduring and rich heritage are featured on many Hallmark St. Patrick's Day cultural, religious and humorous cards.

Irish icons – the shamrock, the flag, and the leprechaun (a fanciful shoemaker of Gaelic folklore, said to bestow good wishes and good luck) – are favorites. Rural landscapes evocative of the "Emerald Isle” are popular. One card features an image of a castle in Ireland, and says: May the strength, the beauty, the glory that is Ireland inspire you on St. Patrick's Day and fill your heart with pride.

Hallmark also offers St. Patrick's Day birthday cards. One humorous card says: It's your St. Pat's Birthday! There's an old Irish Legend that says anyone born on March 17th... Inside it says: Will always get birthday cards on St. Patrick's Day!

Multi-card packages at value prices appeal to those who want to reach out to both relatives and friends at St. Patrick's Day.

Hallmark St. Patrick's Day gifts include a ceramic mug, ceramic candy dish, light-up necktie, and baseball cap. Two plush items – Danny Boy Bear and Tiny O'Toole Leprechaun – say “Top of the mornin' to ya” when squeezed. A plush Snoopy and Woodstock also get into the act wearing a green bowler cap and holding shamrocks.

St. Patrick's Day partyware, stickers and decorations make celebrations more festive. New wearable items include lapel pins, earrings, necklaces, and even a green feather boa, green wig and several hat designs.

Hallmark.com offers easy-to-send paper cards, free animated e-cards, fun gifts, and Hallmark Flowers bouquets designed for St. Patrick's Day. Hallmark.com can personalize, address and mail any paper card purchased online on the specified date.

LEGEND AND LORE
• History and legend intertwine to create the story of St. Patrick. The only definite statement that can be made about St. Patrick's life is that he was not Irish.

• It is not known whether March 17 was the birth or death date of St. Patrick; it may be neither.

• As far as anyone has been able to determine, St. Patrick was a Britannic Celt who was reared as a Roman Catholic. The year of his birth is uncertain, but it may have been the latter half of the fourth century.

• According to legend, St. Patrick was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland at the age of 16. During his six years in captivity, he found strength in his faith.

• St. Patrick eventually escaped from his captors in Ireland, found his way back to his family in Britain, and became a priest. Many years later, he returned to Ireland as a missionary to foster Christianity.

• The shamrock as a symbol of St. Patrick's Day recognizes the saint's use of the clover to explain the Christian concept of the Trinity – the three leaves representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with the stem representing the Godhead.

• St. Patrick is best known for driving the snakes out of Ireland. As the tale goes, when the last snake refused to leave, St. Patrick built a box and challenged the snake to enter. The serpent, intent on proving the box too small, crawled inside. St. Patrick slammed the lid shut and plunged the snake into the sea. (The snake was a pagan symbol, so this Irish folk tale may allude to St. Patrick driving paganism out of Ireland.)

PRODUCT LOCATIONS
Any store carrying the Hallmark brand offers a selection of cards and other products to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. To locate the nearest Hallmark Gold Crown store, use the store locator on Hallmark.com.

Source: Hallmark Cards

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