17 March 2015

St. Patrick's Day adventures

Leprechaun trap
This year, we decided to have a little fun with St. Patrick's Day.

On Saturday, we talked to the munchkins about St. Patrick's Day, and explained that leprechauns like to play pranks when they visit Irish heritage homes around St. Patrick's Day. We also told them that if you catch a leprechaun, they have to give you their gold.

The munchkins were ecstatic. They made a few crafts for St. Patrick's Day, which was mostly fun. Puck ended the activities with a bit of a temper tantrum, but overall the crafts were successful.

We told him we wouldn't make a trap unless we knew for sure they were in the house. Later that day, we discovered "evidence" in the form of dirt from boots. It's funny how you can find evidence when you need or want to.

Puck made a list of ideas of how to catch a leprechaun. (A list he wrote all by himself without even asking how to spell the words, by the way.) Sunday morning, the leprechauns issued their challenge to Puck, teasing that his trap ideas wouldn't work.

We agreed to set a trap on Sunday night to try and catch the leprechauns.

Pranks ensued
When they woke up Monday morning, it was clear the leprechauns had invaded our home and were in prank mode.

Chairs were leaned against the table to allow the leprechauns access to the trap, which they evaded expertly. They ate the bait (broccoli because it's green and leprechauns are attracted to green) and a note indicating that the trap didn't work, but that they enjoyed the snack. They left two gold coins (chocolate) as a thank you for the snack.

This morning, there was a another note on the table, along with two stacks of gold coins (chocolate). The leprechauns thanks the munchkins for the fun, assuring them they'd be back the next year.

There are a couple of pranks we didn't get to this year, but there's always next year. After all, the leprechauns will have to keep upping their game to stay ahead of the munchkins.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!

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