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Easy Ways to Bring St. Patrick’s Day Fun to Your Home

They are small in stature, and some say they look like a tiny old man with red hair and a top hat. They seem to cause havoc around the middle of March. I’m referring to our yearly visit from that devilish leprechaun, who plays pranks on unsuspecting people on St. Patrick’s Day.st-patricks-day-Fun-Parenting-Tips

Legend has it these Irish elves are shoemakers (cobblers). And, any leprechaun would not be complete without the illusive pot of gold. The pot is supposed to be hidden in a secret place known only to the leprechaun. If you catch a leprechaun, he will lead you to his pot of gold, and give it to you as a bribe to free him.

Now that you know the mythical Irish background, how can you bring the magic of St. Patrick’s Day to your home? Try some of these easy and fun activities:

Catch That Leprechaun
You can make a trap with a net, boxes, a clean can, or anything else you can think of such as paper towel rolls, empty containers, tin foil, toothpicks, paper, string or yarn, sandwich bags, a shoe box or laundry hamper. Be creative, and work together.

Make it Magical
Our leprechaun leaves gold and green chocolate-flavored coins and green sparkles around our house. If you want to get really creative, your leprechaun could even leave some green footprints (green construction paper or washable green paint using toy/doll shoes for imprints) on outside doorsteps or porch.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Kingston.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Kingston

That Mischievous Elf
This is the challenging part for me as someone who works hard to keep our house neat and tidy. He creates a real mess by changing the times on the clock, leaving green (harmless colored dye) in the toilet, unraveling green yarn on the doorknobs, hanging clothes on towel racks, setting the dishes upside-down on the table and tossing folded clothes on the floor. My daughters giggle when they see the pranks and the priceless look of “distress” on my face.

In the end, I know it’s all worth it because my children will have fond memories of St. Patrick’s Day. This year, though, I hope we catch that naughty elf. I plan on giving him a piece of my mind about all these shenanigans – of course – right after he tells us where that pot of gold is hidden.

Kristal Zacharias is the mother of two beautiful, vivacious girls, and wife of a hunky husband who works in the action sports industry. For the past 15 years, Kristal has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as a professional communicator. Follow her journey at Clearly Kristal or on Facebook and Twitter.
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