Leprechaun Traps or How Much is Too Much Part 2

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Seriously, people? This is really a thing?

If you recall my post a couple of weeks ago about the Valentine’s Day Shenanigans, I will remind you of my closing thoughts:
With the upcoming holidays, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, maybe even April Fools’, what’s the expectation? (okay, so maybe April Fools’ is a bit of a stretch, but honestly you never know). Let the kids have parties, let them dance and have fun, but let’s stop making every holiday and party into a treat-buying extravaganza.

In a society of overwhelming entitlement, why are we doing this to ourselves?

For those of you who thought I was crazy, I woke up to a sea of posts on my local Mom’s Group Facebook Page who had some very sad children today because the moms hadn’t heard of the Leprechaun Trap.

Apparently, kids build traps in hopes of catching a leprechaun on St. Paddy’s Day (of course, the little imp escapes, but leaves behind some mischief and treats). I don’t know where or when this started – I’ve certainly never heard of it in my 37 years and it definitely didn’t happen at my house growing up. Certainly the majority of the posts in my group echoed this thought.

Am I against the mischief part? Not necessarily – I can throw some green food colouring into toilet water with the best of them and move a couple of things around a la ‘Elf on the Shelf’, but I am against another holiday where kids expect to get stuff. Many moms agreed and at most, left some dollar store chocolate gold coins as a trail to find some of the impish activities that had gone on overnight, but others fell for the leprechaun trap themselves, with baskets of goodies for the kids.

C’mon moms – let’s get it together! In a society of overwhelming entitlement, why are we doing this to ourselves? Some might call me a stick in the mud, but that’s definitely not the case. I just don’t think we need to mark every holiday with gifts. Mark my words, someday in the future, some researcher is going to look back through history and wonder what the hell we were thinking.

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