Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Have you hugged a leprechaun today?


Today is the day of “the wearing of the green.” It also is my aunt’s birthday, so my uncle brought her for a visit with Dad who is her one remaining sibling.  Since she was born March 17, I call my aunt our family’s little leprechaun, always a funny prankster.

On another note: Did you know that Saint Patrick was not really Irish? And Patrick was not his birth name? His real name was Maewyn Succat but he took the name of Patrick when he became a priest — and I’m glad he did; it’s easier to say!

Patrick was born in Scotland in 373 AD, but was captured by raiders when he was sixteen and taken to Ireland as a slave. After six years he escaped by ship, then returned years later on a mission from God at about 430 AD.

Do you know how the shamrock became known as a symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day? Legend has it that Patrick used the shamrock as a visual aid in teaching about the Trinity.

Patrick grew to deeply love Ireland, and as an old man that is where he died on March 17, 460 AD, having fulfilled his mission. If you are interested in reading more about his life, click here.

Even though their history is tumultuous and rugged I love that some of my ancestors came from Ireland and some from Scotland.

Dance a little jig, count your many blessings, and hug a leprechaun today. I did.  🙂


Do you happen to have any leprechauns in your family? 

Do you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in any way?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂


11 responses to “Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Have you hugged a leprechaun today?

  1. Thanks for the information about St. Patrick. We are German so no leprechauns in our family (not even by marriage) But a second cousin was born on March 17 so my Great Aunt named him Patrick. he is a very nice man, kind and gentle, so he lives up to his namesake.


    • Hi Darlene, you’re welcome. If you have no leprechauns, a Patrick is the next best thing. 🙂

      Along with Irish and Scottish I have English (British) and French in my ancestory, and I learned today that there is possibly German, also. So, as far as I know, I’m Irish, Scottish, English, French, German .. in that order. whew!


  2. Rooted in County Down I am, through my mother’s side. My Dad’s side was Swedish. I’ve contended for some time that the older I get, the more the Irish in me is taking over the Swedish. Nothing against Swedes, but I think that’s a good thing.

    I didn’t hug a leprechaun, but I got pinched for not wearing green at a rabbit festival. That was pretty good!


    • oh! I missed pinching a few people today! DARN! I really must remember that tradition from now on, never forgetting to wear green myself, of course. 😉

      Yes, I think the Irish is a good thing, too – just because it’s Irish! 🙂


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  4. Sometimes we make Irish Potatoes (they’re very, VERY good – but we didn’t make them this year. 😦 )! My Mom’s maternal side is part Irish. I like the Leprechaun Jig! 😉


  5. No leprechauns here, but we do like corned beef and cabbage. Best part of the holiday in this house is stocking up on the corned beef while it’s on sale 😉


  6. ach, no leppies here, but I be awearin’ dose olife-green eyes effry day so st. paddy’s day ain’t no differ than duh rest


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