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The Birthday Shoe- A Birthday Tradition
You have heard of the tooth fairy, I’m sure. You know, the little fairy that leaves you money under your pillow for your tooth? In our family, it wasn’t the tooth fairy that we looked forward to.
It was the Birthday Fairy.
The History of the Birthday Shoe:
You’re probably wondering what the Birthday Fairy is all about.
Well, let me tell you.
The Birthday Shoe has been a tradition in our family for 3 generations, starting from my grandmother Helen. On the eve of my mother and her siblings birthdays, they would put out their favorite shoe.
In the morning of their birthday, they would wake up to find that the birthday fairy had visited and left special birthday quarters.
They would find one quarter for every year old they were. And they could spend this birthday money on whatever their little hearts desired.
How To Start the Birthday Shoe Tradition:
- On the eve of your birthday, the birthday person picks their favorite shoe to leave out by their bed.
- The Birthday Fairy comes in the night and leaves quarters in the birthday shoe.
- The rule for birthday quarters– they can be spent on anything the birthday person wants!
How many quarters does the Birthday Fairy leave?
Here’s the formula: 1 quarter for every year old the birthday person is. Plus one extra for good luck!
So, if you have a daughter turning 5, she would find 6 birthday quarters in her shoe!
The best part of this tradition is that it pays to get older! My husband and I still leave our birthday shoes to this day.
Enjoy the Birthday Fairy Tradition!!
OTHER BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS:
This post is part of the Celebrate Birthdays Simpler Series. In case you missed the last post, check out: The Overnight Breakfast Bundt! (Hint: a super simple birthday breakfast that will become a family favorite!)