Do You Believe in Fairies?


Do you believe fairies are real?

Do you believe in fairies?   Do you have to be a child to believe? Do you have to believe in them before you can see them? Are fairies real or not? 

Fairies and fairylike beings are found in cultures around the world, particularly in Britain where fairy faith has long been associated with ancient Celtic beliefs going back as far as fifteen hundred years. 

At times, fairies were considered to be remnants of pagan faiths and a source of evil. At other times, they were considered to be good and gentle, secret helpers and inspiring to deserving individuals. 

Most believers think fairies possess both good and bad traits in dealing with the human world. Even as sweet and cute as Tinkerbell is, she had that impish side to her too. 

 

What are Fairies?

… and where can I find them???

Fairies are often thought of as tiny mystical beings with flowing pastel clothing, impish personalities, and translucent wings. 

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. “

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.   And now when every new baby is born, its first laugh becomes a fairy.   So there ought to be one fairy for every boy or girl. “

~ James Matthew Barrie, Peter Pan

Fairy Tales

 

If you want your children to be brilliant, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be geniuses, read them more fairy tales.

~Albert Einstein

The Cottingley Fairies

The Cottingley Fairies appear in a series of five photographs taken by Elsie Wright (1901–88) and Frances Griffiths (1907–86), two young cousins who lived in Cottingley, near Bradford in England.

In 1983 the girls admitted that they faked the pictures using cardboard cutouts that they copied from a popular children’s book about fairies. However, Elsie, the older girl, said that the fifth picture was genuine.

Overall, even if these pictures were all faked, they intrigued people and captivated imaginations everywhere as to whether or not fairies are indeed real.

The photographs and two of the cameras that the girls used are on display in the National Media Museum in Bradford, England and there have been numerous movies made about this story.

Do you remember this adorable scene from E.T. where Dee Wallace was reading to Drew Barrymore from the book Peter Pan?

“Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe. If you believe, clap your hands!”

~ James M. Barrie

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