How do fairies celebrate Noël?
A towering tree sparkling with lights and tinsel. Stockings groaning with the weight of small treats. Candy canes and mistletoe lending the world a multi-colored cloak of red, white, and green. These are the signs of Christmas...in the human world. As for the fairy world? Well, the signs differ. Surely you can't expect fairies—with their fluttering wings, magical powers, and calming auras—to celebrate Yuletide the same way we do. They put their own sparkly spin on the Christmas season. Here are just a few of their more notable traditions:
•Fairies also do not take family portraits—or at least not the way humans do. A fairy family will stand on the river stone or toadstool of their choice as a woodpecker pecks his picture of them into the family's desired log or tree trunk.
•Though fairies are surrounded by trees, they don't decorate them for Christmas. Fairies would never chop down a tree and they don't even know what plastic is. The thought of sprucing up one giant tree hasn't really occurred to them, either. Fairies prefer to sprinkle a bit of stardust onto the tiniest of plants, usually choosing one per acre of forest. Remember that what seems tiny to us seems huge to them.
•Fairies aren't much for baking, but that's largely because we do all the work for them. Once we fall asleep, fairies come into our kitchens and living rooms, whisper an incantation, and suddenly awaken all of the gingerbread men, cookies, and cakes in sight. Soon they have a whole army of dancing partners. You didn't think they'd eat the sweets, did you?
•Fairy alternatives to cider and hot chocolate include pine cone juice, snow dew, sugar plum tea, and winter jasmine beer.
•Fairies would never, ever subject themselves to wearing Christmas sweaters. They simply add a sprig of a wintergreen to their tunics. Every now and then, you might see a fairy with holly berry earrings. Fairies are too small to wear a whole holly berry on each ear, so cut each berry into eighths and make earrings out of those pieces.
•Since fairies have no chimneys and since Santa Claus is rather big, St. Nick visits the fairies by shrinking and hopping onto a grasshopper. (There are no reindeer in Fairy Land's Christmas fables.) But, as you'll discover in the next point, Santa does not bring the fairies a sack full of toys.
•We've got Christmas morning. Fairies have Christmas night. On the evening of December 25th, once the moon has risen, fairies finally receive their presents: peace and happiness for the following year. Unlike humans, they don't need more knick-knacks to brighten their holiday spirits.