We've struggled over the years to get a handle on various American traditions. One of the more surprising ones is the wholesale embracing of St Patrick's Day.
Much to E5N1's dismay this morning, we had forgotten to set a leprechaun trap this year, so there was no tiny new friend, no gold and - most importantly - no candy. I did remember to wear my green shirt to work (although there is only about 50% observance - it was much higher at my last workplace).
We made up to E5N1 for the lack of candy (in part at least) by eating green cupcakes with tiny shamrock sprinkles at dinner time. You can't get much more St. Patty's Day* than that - except by adding some kind of alcohol consumption (oh yes, I did that too!).
* Yes in the US it's "Patty", in the UK and Ireland, "Paddy", but it's pronounced the same way in both places, so we'll let it slide.