I didn’t write any special posts or make anything green or even wear anything green for this past St. Patrick’s Day. It isn’t a holiday I’ve ever celebrated and my kids, thankfully, didn’t mind not finding any leprechaun tricks at home. Maybe, like me, they are suffering from holiday overload.
My friend Kristen Howerton aka Rage Against The Minivan has written an excellent article for the Huffington Post on the matter. She asks: Can We Bring the Holidays Down a Notch? She writes:
This past Sunday was St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday I had completely forgotten about until my oldest stumbled out of bed and into the living room at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday night while we were watching SNL. “Can I help you guys hide the gold coins?” he asked. The WHAT? “The gold coins. I know the leprechauns aren’t real. I know it’s you, like Santa. So I want to help you. I can make the leprechaun trap, too.”
We told him to go to bed and then looked at each other with exasperation. Gold coins? A leprechaun trap? Is he serious? When I was a kid we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing something green. THE END. I had noticed that over the past few years, our kids were getting some grander ideas from school. But I didn’t think that we needed to replicate these experiences at home.
Apparently, the children believed that we did. Continue reading Kristen’s post here.