The Easter Bunny, Santa, and The Tooth Fairy are the Holy Trinity of mythical spirits that visit most homes.
Our family, looking for any reason to give small gifts to our boys, has expanded the cast of characters that often break into our house to include The Elf On The Shelf, The Switch Witch, Cupid, and .. this month .. Leprechauns.
Oh, sure, some will dismsiss the Leprechauning trend as another example of ‘lying to our kids‘, I embrace it as a chance to celebrate the unconditional belief anything is possible that children possess.
A bunny hops around the world leaving chocolate eggs? Awesome! A fat man has flying reindeer and lives in snow and ice and brings me presents? Bring it on! Leprechauns hibernate in our garage and make my milk green? Sounds like fun!
Over the past number of years, the Leprechauning thing has gained popularity with parents. On the morning of St Patrick’s Day you wake up to milk dyed green, messes in the kitchen, and perhaps some gold coins on a place mat at the kitchen table.
This year, our Leprechauns will do that, and they will also leave a seedling packet next to the gold coins for our 2 boys on our kitchen table.
Why do the Leprechauns do these things? Over breakfast this morning, my son and I had a very serious conversation about Leprechauns, the things they do, and why they do them. In essence, we manufactured a myth.
Here’s how we did it:
It was a wonderful conversation this morning. I think we came up with a great backstory, with a wholesome Lorax-ish message at the end. The story works in our climate where there is snow until April (or even May in terrible years), your mileage may vary.
If you’re about to start your own Leprechauning tradition this year, offer up this story as to the reason why we do this, or better yet, have a very serious conversation with your kids and come up with your own mythology.
Some call it lying, I call it storytelling, imagineering, and a celebrating the belief in impossibility becoming possible.