St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans

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Besides the traditional wearin’ o’ the green… 

A man dressed as a leprechaun grins for the camera in New Orleans. Photograph by Taylor S. Kennedy, National Geographic

and making corned beef and cabbage for dinner, try these fun and entertaining ideas and activities with your friends, family & co-workers this weekend.

Leprechauns are believed to be little old men who make shoes for fairies. Legend says that if you catch a leprechaun, you can force them to tell you where they hid their pot of gold.   

a devise to catch those pesky Leprechauns

Leprechaun Catcher

You and your wee ones may want to try your hand at building a trap to catch a leprechaun using household items and arts & crafts supplies.  You can use anything shiny and gold as bait. Here at Impact Thrift Stores we have lots of unusual trap-making paraphernalia. Our Leprechaun trap was constructed using a vintage cake keeper ($3.00), a ruler (.50), a bit o’ green yarn (.50), a small metal pot (2.00) and a wad gold holiday trim (.50) stuffed inside.  We would love to see your Leprechaun traps!  Send us pictures and we’ll post them online!

Leprechauns are masters of trickery and love to play jokes on us humans! They have also been known to turn things green and  everything from the milk in your fridge to the water in the toilet bowl is fair game.  They may also try to hide your car keys in a strange place or tie your shoelaces together, so watch out!  Sometimes they leave funny notes on paper shamrocks for those that they play their tricks on.

Did you know that another St. Patrick’s Day tradition started by school children is pinching classmates who don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. This tradition has grown with the times, and even if you aren’t a school child, beware on St. Patrick’s Day if you aren’t wearing green! 

Click here for a great National Geographic article about the history of St. Patrick’s Day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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