By Guest Blogger Kate Larrabee, author of the blogs: Daffodil's and Three Little Army Wives
For most families, holiday traditions revolve around cookies for Santa at Christmas, or searching for eggs from the Easter Bunny, and maybe even breakfast in bed on your birthday. Well, not in my family. For my three brothers and me, our favorite traditions included trying to catch the leprechaun on St. Patty’s day and going to the Pumpkin Patch in October.
I had no idea this was a little strange until I first told my husband about the intricate and elaborate traps we would create on March 16th in hopes that in the morning, the leprechaun would be stuck. We never did catch him, but he always did leave us gold-wrapped chocolate coins. At the time, my husband was still just a boyfriend and I think seriously considered breaking up with me. Apparently trying to catch mythical creatures on obscure holidays was not his family’s idea of fun.
They ultimately forgave him and let us get married a few months later. They even agreed to be in the wedding, but only if they could wear tuxedo t-shirts (which they did). And just when my husband and I thought we were in the clear from the football incident, the following Christmas, at age 26, he received youth, pink soccer socks and a Barbie soccer ball from my 26, 18 and 15 year old brothers. Welcome to the family honey, don’t mess with our traditions.
Luckily, my husband has now embraced our love of the pumpkin patch and since that we can’t go to my childhood place in Virginia, we have found a suitable replacement at Kersey Valley in High Point. During the day, it is a family friendly attraction, complete with a corn maze, gem dig, fossil dig, homemade kettle corn and fresh squeezed lemonade. This year they have even added a 1.5mile zipline running high above the corn field. And of course, they have a great selection of pumpkins. At night, it turns into the “Spookywoods” and has been voted one of the scariest attractions in America.