Monday, February 22, 2010

Tradition Tuesday - March

St. Patrick's Day Dinner and a Movie:

Prepare an all green dinner with green mashed potatoes, or rice along with some green soup or pasta. Your festive dinner will only be served to those who are dressed head to toe in green. Each year the outfits your family and friends dream up will get more outrageous. Soon, this will become one of your favorite holiday activities.
After dinner settle in for a St. Patrick's Day Movie and a yummy treat (green sherbet and Sprite floats).
Here's a list of favorites:

Finian's Rainbow
Luck of the Irish (2001)
The Last Leprechaun
The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns
The Secret of Roan Inish
Leapin Leprechauns
Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Leprechaun Trap:

Begin your celebration by building a Leprechaun trap. Start by gathering your supplies. Items from around the house will do; shoebox, glitter, pipe cleaners, markers, construction paper, wrapping paper, glue stick, egg carton, tape etc. Your children will love creating the design, from the bait to the trap. Everyone knows that leprechauns are quick and crafty….So you'll have to lure them in with bait…a piece of gold (chocolate coin), a penny or a 4 leaf clover or even Lucky Charms cereal. Leave your trap out the night before St. Patty's Day and in the morning see what's occurred.
Now sit back and enjoy the delight on your children’s faces when they see the mess left behind by the little green men as they tried to remove the box from the trap: chairs turned over, things pulled out of drawers, maybe even a leftover leprechaun hat or boot or green glitter.

Leprechaun for a Day:

Everyone needs the luck of the Irish, but some of us have more luck than others. St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect time to give some of it away! Enlist your children/friends as “Leprechaun’s for a Day” and send them out to share their luck. Make cookies or another simple treat and write a special note and deliver it to a neighbor or friend. Remember they are to act as a Leprechaun and never get caught! It’s also fun to leave a trail of green glitter behind…to add to the lucky magic of the day!