Christmas Elma Family Kitty {the ordinary moments}

Twinkly Magic


There’s something utterly irresistible about fairy lights isn’t there.  In the grey days of winter they sparkle away into the gloom, lightening the darkness, and bringing a bit of festive cheer.  I love them.  To the extent that we had a string of lights up in our lounge all the way through last Christmas, the spring, and most of the summer, until the final string in the collection died with one last glimmer of blue and green.

And now that we’ve made it to December we may have gone a little light-happy (again).  There’s a string of icicle lights down one side of the lounge, two loops of multi-coloured lights to go somewhere, and two massive strings of nice new (and half-price) led lights for the tree.  It’s entirely possible that we’re not going to need to use the main lounge lights until 6th January.  This is what happens when H and I go shopping independently.

But if we love it, if it lifts our spirits and makes us smile, it’s nothing to the joy and wonder of two tiny girls.

When we were playing around with the lights earlier in the week I strung our icicles along the back of Kitty’s bed as an impromptu photo studio, and herded the girls upstairs with the promise of a magical surprise.  Kitty ran ahead and from the high pitched squeaky noises that came around the corner I think she rather liked it.  But Elma’s reaction was just the sweetest; she crawled around the corner and then suddenly her bottom wiggled and she shot into Kitty’s room at baby super-speed.  She climbed up onto Kit’s bed and just say there, gazing around her, utterly mesmerised. 20131130-IMG_3094

After a minute or so her sister’s chatter brought her back to earth and she turned around to both of us with an enormous smile and five little pudgy fingers outstretched pointing to the lights;


Yes, my sweet, “Dat” is pretty cool indeed.

The icicle string was long enough to run to the end of Kitty’s cot and back again and just a bit too brilliant to be a permanent feature, but Kitty’s slightly folorn face when we took them back down to the lounge gave us a little idea.  I love little ideas.

Enter a battery powered set of 20 pink LED bulbs that somehow just snuck into the supermarket trolley, a little girl who slept a smidgen later than her sister, and a father with a strong sense of Christmas magic.

Kitty usually sleeps with her light on, but dimmed as low as it will go before it’s off, so there’s always some light in her room.  And while Elma and I snoozed and nursed and snoozed again, H unpacked the lights, fitted the battery, and on the tippiest of tippy toes, snuck in and arranged them along the end of her bed.


There’s a Kitty asleep under all of those quilts, blankies and teddies I promise.

Twenty minutes later she woke up, and came bursting into our room with shining eyes;

“Look Daddy! Look! There’s lights!”

He was duly hauled off to inspect.  And in among the jumping around and the chatter of excitement, came a determined little voice:

“Come on Mummy! Come and see my lights! Mummy!”

And so that is how we started our day, sat on the floor of our biggest girl’s room, while pink LEDs lit up the sort of smiles that Christmas is made of.

mummy daddy me

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  • Morgana @ butwhymummywhy 08/12/2013 at 9:43 am

    That is just gorgeous! We love fairy lights in our house too, all year round! xx

    • Carie 08/12/2013 at 7:36 pm

      I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one!

  • Wendy McDonagh-Valentine 08/12/2013 at 11:39 am

    Your photos and your words truly made me smile this morning. What a magical surprise for your little Kitty!! And that photo of your baby girl is just adorable!! : ) Have a wonderful day!! xo

    ~ Wendy

    • Carie 08/12/2013 at 7:36 pm

      Well thank you, and I’m glad!

  • Court 08/12/2013 at 4:18 pm

    That was beyond sweet for your little girl. I know I would be so excited if someone surprised me with lights, so I can’t even imagine how she felt. I think you guys should win a best parents ever award 😉

    • Carie 08/12/2013 at 7:38 pm

      Aww, thank you! She was literally hopping up and down with excitement so it was definitely worth doing!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 08/12/2013 at 7:26 pm

    We love fairy lights here too! We have them in our living room all year round and I’ve just bought another set to add to the collection. Cherry would love those pink ones! x

    • Carie 08/12/2013 at 7:52 pm

      Well they are half price in Sainsburys!!! (Just call me enabler!)

  • Katie 08/12/2013 at 8:21 pm

    Another fairy light fanatic here! What a lovely surprise for Kitty, and such a beautifully written post Carie x

    • Carie 08/12/2013 at 9:35 pm

      Thank you 🙂 fairy lights are awesome!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 08/12/2013 at 10:23 pm

    Carie, I don’t know what’s wrong with me but this post just made me cry. So sweet and a lovely surprise for Kitty. You write so beautifully. We are massive fairy light fans for Xmas. In fact we also sit in the dark most of the festive season- as I write we have five christmas scented candles flickering, some fairy lights and some tree lights too. x

    • Carie 08/12/2013 at 11:36 pm

      Oh dear, i never want to make anyone cry! It’s funny how we best chase away the gloom from too much dark by sitting in the glow of candles and twinkles isn’t it – perhaps it’s not so much a chasing away as embracing the season and the need for the dark for the summer to return?

  • brinabird and son 08/12/2013 at 10:36 pm

    The little things hold the most magic. My wee man is just starting to get into all the Christmas magic.

    • Carie 08/12/2013 at 11:37 pm

      I love Christmas for myself but getting to see it all over again through Kitty’s eyes is just the best thing ever!

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) 09/12/2013 at 3:28 am

    Oh, this is just lovely. We also have fairy lights on the go all year 🙂 I can just imagine the look of wonder and delight on your little girls face. Beautiful post x

    • Carie 09/12/2013 at 8:19 am

      Thank you – I think most of us seem to keep lights up all year round- such is the power of fairy lights!