St. Patrick eliminated Paganism from Ireland
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St. Patrick's Day is approaching, as you've probably noticed if you live in the US or one of the other countries that makes a big to-do about it. What most folks don't realize is that while St. Patrick is credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland, those snakes are typically considered a metaphor for early Celtic Paganism. Once St. Patrick arrived, he spread the gospel far and wide, effectively converting most of the Irish people to the new religion. The story of St. Patrick
is an interesting one, though, and he was credited with a miracle for his work in Ireland.
Now, I'm not Irish at all, and I'm certainly not Christian, so St. Patrick's Day celebrations have always been sort of outside my realm of interest. However, this time of year you really can't escape all the green shamrocks, leprechauns, and all the other hullaballoo that come along with the celebration. A few years back, I decided to create my own St. Patrick's Day decoration, and put together a wreath to hang on my door featuring the banished serpents instead. Make one of your own, and get the neighbors wondering! Spring Snake Wreath