Check out this great alternative to the (somewhat creepy) Elf on the Shelf. The Elf on the Shelf is pretty pricey and of course can only be used at Christmas. I think this Fairy Door is a great present, especially for children with Irish connections or those who love fairy tales and the magic element of Christmas. The Irish Fairy Door Company makes and sells Fairy Doors so that families everywhere can welcome a fairy into their house. The door is just the entrance to a whole enchanted story behind the fairy doors. The child is instructed to leave out the fairy door key and put the door somewhere over night. In the morning if the key is gone, your fairy has moved in and ready to help Santa get down the chimney! The children then name their fairy and register on the Magical Matters part of the website in order to access updated stories, facts, and activities.
Fairies are a great part of Irish culture and storytelling and Irish children grown up hearing about folklore but this is a great way to keep it alive and let your child’s imagination run wild. We took our children on a Fairy Trail in South Kerry and my son loved looking for the hidden fairy houses in trees and branches and making up stories about whether they were ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Fairies love to steal shiny objects, bother pets, eat sweets and leave coins for lost teeth.
Check it out and let me know what you think – does your human home need an Irish Fairy? Watch out though, they are cheeky!