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St. Patrick’s Day Traditions for Families

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions for Families

A recent conversation in our house went like this…

Maddie: “Mom, do you know how I know Leprechaun’s are real?
Mom: “How?”
Maddie: “Well, Leprechaun’s make messes of our house like throw the cushions around and dump our shoes out all over the place. Mommies and daddies would never make such a mess. They must be real!”
Maddie: “Mom, I want to stay up ALL night on Leprechaun’s Day. It’s the only way I will catch the leprechaun and get the pot of gold.”
Mom: “Okay. But you know you have to stay in your room, right?”
Maddie: “Mom, the Leprechaun NEVER comes upstairs. I can’t stay in my room. I’m going to stay right here in the living room and stay awake ALL night long!”

Our Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Tradition

St. Patrick’s Day – or “Leprechaun’s Day” as Maddie calls it – is always a fun day at our house. On the eve of March 17, after the kids go to bed, the mischievous leprechaun makes an appearance and as Maddie explains, leaves quite the mess! Each place he makes a mess, though, he leaves a few gold coins to mark his trail. The kids get a kick out of it.  Each year our Leprechaun uses the potty and leaves footprint marks on the toilet seat. Some years he dumps all the shoe bins out and hides coins inside the shoes. He’s been known to take all the cushions off the couch and even turned all the kitchen table chairs upside down. Like Christmas morning, the kids wake up and run downstairs to find what mess the Leprechaun had made. We finish the morning off with green eggs and specials green donuts.

Each year I try to do something a little different. My husband recommended using green foam to “paint” a shamrock on the kid’s bathroom mirror (so we could squash the idea that the Leprechaun doesn’t go upstairs!). I looked everywhere for green foam with no luck so I decided that I will use green crayon instead. Besides the normal mess left by the Leprechaun, I’m looking for new ideas to keep the kids on their toes.

Do Leprechauns visit your house on St. Patrick’s Day and if so, what do they do?



  1. Bridget March 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    We do the same kind of stuff — but I haven’t done the gold coins. I like that idea! I also dye the milk green. We usually have half gallon cartons so you can’t see what’s inside. When you pour it at breakfast, it always gets the kids going! Ha ha. My kids also like to build a trap – it’s usually the old fashioned kid kind with a box propping up a stick that has a long string they plan to pull. We put something silly in there and pull the trap. They are always so mad that he got away again!!

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