What do you call those long strings of colored and white lights that appear in December? We Americans tend to call them what they are: ‘holiday lights,’ or ‘Christmas lights’ or — if you’re like my Dad, trying to untangle them every year — some unjolly things before the spiked eggnog kicks in.
These terms are clear, but they don’t even hint at the real purpose of lights-on-a-string: magic! It’s pure enchantment to see thousands of tiny sparkles illuminating trees, houses, yards and towns. Across the pond, our British neighbors call them “fairy lights.” We at FairyRoom approve.
If you still need to add some glow to your season, here are a few of our favorite fairy lights, all from Etsy.
Moon and Star Paper Lanterns: for the holidays, and beyond!
Origami Lights Made with Japanese Paper: these remind us of strings of beautifully-wrapped gifts.
Do you have a favorite here, or elsewhere? Share opinions and links with us in the comments, below.