This handcrafted wooden Irish fairy door arrived this morning and brightened everyone’s day.
It was sent to me by The Irish Fairy Door Company, who help fairies relocate to homes and gardens all over the world by producing high quality handmade Irish fairy doors.
What surprised me was that the fairy door is not a toy. It has no moving parts, electronics or plastic. It’s better than that. It creates an experience. The little ones get involved with their fairy, they register his or her name online and sign up to the “rules” of fairy keeping.
I’m quite a perfectionist when it comes to creating the magic around the Tooth Fairy, Christmas and Easter celebrations. Making sure that, on the night, all eventualities have been accounted for. I go into stealth mode to ensure no one’s belief is in doubt as this would jeopardise the family commitment to creating the wonder and spectacle. All about maximum impact. Which is why I was a little dubious when the Irish Fairy Door arrived. Yet another story to maintain. Luckily, the The Irish Fairy Door Company have superbly packaged the product to make it easy for tired stressed Dads or Grandfathers to grasp the concept and get buy in from the children.
There is no instruction manual for “men” to ignore. Instead there is a book which you can read in under 30 seconds and then spend time reading it to the kids later. The aim is to create memorable family moments utilising the door and there are many handy hints on their website. “All you need to do is believe!”
I think every childhood home could benefit from letting the fairies in. The Irish Fairy Door would work really well in Granny and Grandpa’s house. If there was a sleepover, Mum and Dad had some important jobs to do like go to the cinema or a fancy meal (that’s a hint Mum!), set it up so that overnight the magic can happen and then there is always something special about going to visit Granny’s house as it’s an opportunity to check on the Fairies.
I always remember a particular ornament from my Grandmother’s house and I’m sure that this fairy door would serve the same purpose. Something magical, those special moments that only exist for a small number of years but the memories last a lifetime.
Also available direct from The Irish Fairy Door Company Shop