As those that know me (or read my last post) will vouch for, I am an unashamed, out-and- proud ‘Fan of the Fairylights’. For some reason this sounds like a euphemism , not dissimilar to ‘Friend of Dorothy’. This is not coincidental. My love of Fairylights undoubtedly springs from that same inner Well of Campery that is home to my unwavering devotion to The Wizard of Oz , Abba and Priscilla Queen of The Desert. It’s my inner gay man. l just can’t help it.
My favourite fairylights are vintage ones – as a child of the 70’s I remember that sheer joy of coming downstairs to see those fabulous cheap Woolies fairylights twinkling pink turquoise yellow green red in their plastic diamond-cut cases adorning our battered and rather threadbare silver Christmas tree . Made in Taiwan. Perfect.
Surprisingly you can still pick up a set of these , or something close – just look for the value or budget range in your local MonsterMart and that’s where they’ll be. Sadly the colours aren’t quite what they used to be – those soft pinks and yellows and pale greens of my childhood seem to have been replaced with a more garish lowest-common-denominator palette of reds ,electric blues and emerald greens. Not so good but could be worse. Could be LED.
Don’t start me on LED fairy lights. I’ll just say that they don’t do it for me. They don’t float my mardigras boat. Too cold. Too deserted shopping mall. No heart. Proper fairylights have soul. And bulbs. That you can replace.
I wonder if my love of fairylights says anything in particular? I find that I can bond instantly with a person over a shared fondness for fairylights. And if you’re the kind of person who leaves them up all year, then that’s it, you’re in , I’ll be your friend for life. Like you know what to the proverbial blanket. I’m the same with Gardeners – I’ve rarely met a Gardener that I didn’t like. It’s a bit of a benchmark thing.
Same with Fairylights People.
Are you a Fairylights Person? If so, what are your favourites ? What do you think of LED lights?
And most importantly : Do you leave them up all year?