Our daughter has come to believe our home is being visited annually by a Irish leprechaun, who clearly operates under similar rules to the ubiquitous Christmas Elf on the Shelf! Each day she wakes to find what mischief he made while she slept. Maybe I’d better back up and explain.
Many of you may remember, my wife and I became friends back in 2004 when she was blogging about her adventures as an American expat in Ireland… and I was blogging about whatever nonsense popped into my head back here in Dallas. That’s right, we met reading each others blogs.
It was an unlikely long-distance romance, but fast forward 12 years and I’m married to that wonderful woman, and we have a lovely 7 year old daughter. Because my wife is Irish-American, she goes all out decorating the house for Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s quite festive, with no shortage of green!
One of the decorations is a stuffed leprechaun doll that our daughter’s Irish grampy gave her. Our daughter wondered aloud if the leprechaun might move about the house, hiding in different places much as our Elf on the Shelf does. So I started moving him… and a new holiday tradition was born!
Another thing my wife started was leaving wee green leprechaun footprints leading to hidden ‘treasure” such as gold wrapped chocolate coins for our daughter to find when she wakes up on Saint Patrick’s day. Our 7 year old told me yesterday that Saint Patrick’s Day is one of her favorite holidays!
We have a nice collection of children’s books for each of the holidays. I’ve read to our daughter every night before bed since she was a baby. For Saint Patrick’s Day the books include some with historical and religious content, as well as, of course, as some fun leprechaun tales.