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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Irish Blessing


Fun Facts


  • St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.
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  • St. Patrick did not actually drive snakes out of Ireland; the snakes represent the pagans that he converted to Christianity.
  • The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.
  • The phrase, “Drowning The Shamrock” is from the custom of floating the shamrock on the top of whiskey before drinking it. The Irish believe that if you keep the custom, then you will have a prosperous year.
  • One estimate suggests that there are about 10,000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
  • The average amount American St. Patrick’s Day revelers will spend this holiday is $36.52 per person, totaling a combined $4.6 billion, according to a report by the National Retail Federation. (Source)


Irish Blessing


What’s your Leprechaun  name?

Page corner with St. Patrick's Day green hat of a leprechaun







Are you going out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? I’ve never really celebrated.  I don’t think St. Patrick’s Day is as popular in the south.

Do you cook any traditional foods to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Are you wearing green?  Yes!

What was your leprechaun name? Jolly O’Goofy!


Join the Conversation

  • Alexandria Burrell

    Yes, I’m wearing green and blue ?. And Adorable O’Goofy is my name. ?

    • jenchoosesjoy

      You’re winning in both colors!

  • Sarah @ KS Runner

    I’m Silly O’Goofy! I don’t really celebrate either. I’ll wear green, but that’s probably it! I do like the stories behind all the random holidays though! I can’t say its a big holiday in KS either (at least not where I live!)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I always love the holiday facts!

  • Gretchen | Gretchruns

    Do you cook any traditional foods to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? – my parents always make corned beef and cabbage! SO amazing

    Are you wearing green? Yes! I also wore green to the gym this morning :)

    What was your leprechaun name? Grouchy O’Lucky! Lol! My fiance is Dreamy McMuffin..I might have to call him that from now on!

    Fun post! Hope you enjoy your St. Patricks Day even though you don’t celebrate! At least it means spring is around the corner :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Dreamy McMuffin is the best name so far!!

  • fitsickle

    Love the St. Patty’s Day names – haha! I put on some Hulk gloves at work… I’m sure this will make treating my patients difficult :) Wore a green top to Pure Barre this morning! Have a great Tuesday!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Have an awesome day!! I’m sure your patients love the hulk gloves:)

  • Christina @ the athletarian

    I have never celebrated St Patty’s Day! I’m not wearing green either…I’m still in my pyjamas! OOPS. My Leprechaun name is Cheerful McBlarney..haha!

    Have a great day!!

  • Paria

    My plan is to run now, and have green beer later! Just realized I don’t have any green running shirts, but I’ll wear green to work later. Playful McNoodles:)

    • jenchoosesjoy

      That’s a great plan!! Playful McNoodles for the win!

  • suzysuzyheather

    Silly McCheesy married an Irish man (born in Belfast) and his whole family doesn’t celebrate St. Patrick’s day because they are from NORTHERN Ireland which is a part of Great Britain (Dublin is in Ireland, the country south of Northern Ireland, and regular Ireland celebrates St. Patrick’s Day). Who woulda thunk, hey? I had no idea. I was really hoping I’d be supplied with a free endless stream of green beer today. :-( Boo. Maybe I’ll have to make my own.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I had no idea Northern Ireland doesn’t celebrate. Bummer:(

  • Jessica

    Jolly O’Lucky was my Leprechaun name :) lol
    and I’m not even wearing green today, I’ve never celebrated this holiday either. lol

    • jenchoosesjoy

      You need to wear some green!

  • foxrunsfast

    I celebrate over here – the leprechaun comes to our house and leaves a trail of shamrock glitter and gold (chocolate) coins for my little girls. Plus a few little surprises. They LOVE it. My leprechaun name is Jolly McMuffin which is now making me hungry for an actual muffin. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      That is such a fun tradition!!!

  • Running ‘N’ Reading

    One of the national news reports last night included a time lapse of the river in Chicago “becoming green;” it was really cool! I’d love to see it sometime! Thanks so much for these fun facts; I love them! Hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I’ll google the river clip…so cool!

  • Marilyn

    Mine is Musical McNoodles! LOL! I’ve never really been super excited about St. Patrick’s Day, but I did wear my green today!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      That’s hilarious!

  • lmicklich

    My Leprechaun name is Lucky McWobbles. Too funny! Thanks for sharing!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      That’s too funny!!

      • lmicklich

        I feel like Lucky McWobbles after the long fartlek I did today ha!

        • jenchoosesjoy

          You earned your name! Mine are wobbly too after today track workout.

  • Jess@Flying Feet In Faith

    I have on blue! No green though…working in pharmacy uniform 😉 I never really celebrate St. Patrick’s. But I enjoyed this post thoroughly! Just call me Jolly O’Dooles lol

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks, Jolly O’Dooles!

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  • Al Frazier

    Since I’ve been on vacation, I haven’t been able to keep up with your blog (playing catch up after my morning run), but I thought I would share with you my traditional St. Patrick’s Day toast that I make every year:

    Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint… and another one!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I love it!!! I hope you’re having a great trip and I can’t wait to hear all about it!