Saturday, March 8, 2014
A St. Patrick's Day Tradition: To catch a leprechaun….
A few days before St. Patrick’s Day, the leprechauns start to leave clues they are around, like green water in the toilet. I just added a few drops of green food coloring. The oldest country kid actually got mad at this one, because he said “the leprechaun needs to flush when he is done!” But it all leads up to trying to catch a leprechaun.
The first year we used a coffee can to build a trap. We covered it in green construction paper and decorated it to look like a “nice place for a leprechaun to rest.” We put a hole in the lid and a rock we covered in gold glitter inside. The oldest country kid checked it every morning in hopes of catching a leprechaun. On St Patrick’s Day my son was rewarded not with a leprechaun but a nice gold chocolate coin, which you can get at most grocery stores. He was beyond thrilled and started planning next year’s capture right away!
Each year the oldest country kid’s plans become more and more elaborate! Last years trap came with a door that flipped up and closed behind the leprechaun when he went in. Did he catch the leprechaun? Of course not! But once again he found gold chocolate coins. He is already planning this year’s trap, which he says will include a bucket of water on the trap door to wash the magic off the leprechaun so he can’t get out. Oh boy, I think we are in trouble!!!
I love that I can add some magic to life and we have a tradition that really makes the oldest country kid think and be creative. I just hope he doesn’t destroy the house trying to catch the leprechaun and get its gold! And it is only a matter of time before he gets the littlest country kid to throw in with him in his quest to catch a leprechaun. Because, when the water turns green in the toilet, my son KNOWS the leprechauns are back!!