Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

12th Night


Vintage lights 2

Is it today or was it last night? We’ll take the tree and put away the bowl of shiny red baubles (that never made it into the decoration I’d planned them to be, never mind, you can’t do everything; I’ll try again next year.)

But I don’t want to take down the lights from the kitchen window. If you’ve not seen them before, these are the lights my mother bought for her first Christmas in her own home 62 years ago.

vintage lights 3

She bought them from the Co-operative store in the village, I’ve  re-strung them on modern lamps: I’m very sentimental about them and I also think they are pretty

Vintage lights

They may have to stay up a wee while longer, maybe till the snow melts.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

11 thoughts on “12th Night

  1. I say keep them up.

    I left my chilli lights up last year until a blown bulb put a stop to them some time in May.

  2. How beautiful and nostagic, yes leave them a while longer to cheer the days. My Dad bought almost the same set of lights when a new dad over 60 years ago from Selfridges where he worked.They were what we kids called the Nursery Rhyme lights( obviously) & even the grandkids where taught the rhymes of each one. When Dad died in 2004 , my Mum took them, with all the family & donated them to The Amberley Museum as they have a fantastic display of stuff through the ages including lots of electrical
    stuff, as they hadn’t got this particular example. And to think I thought they where the only set in the world – well who wouldn’t even as a kid! May they shine every Christmas for you for many years to come. Thanks for the memory Mrs UHDD

  3. I’ve never seen any lights like those! So cute, and of course nostalgic and very special for you.

    All the same, I would be inclined to put them away. But that’s me – I like special things in small doses, as I fear the magic might disappear.

  4. Leave them up all year round. In the summer they will glow with the sun and in the dark days remind you of much happier times. I have a glass swan and blown glass chains, they live on the mirror in the bedroom. Slightly older than yours, but full of memories.

  5. What absolutely beautiful and very sentimental lights. I can’t blame you for not wanting to take them down!!!

  6. I love them too, and would be grievously disappointed if they did not make their annual appearance here. I say we should leave things up as long as it pleases us to do so and take them down when we are good and ready. (I had neighbors in Detroit whose Christmas lights stayed attached to the eaves, um, pretty much all year round. We teased them mercilessly, and the laughter about the lights is one of many fond memories of those days.)

  7. They are pretty and if it was me I’d keep them up for a while longer! xx

  8. You could leave them until Candlemas? This site is a brilliant school website and has everything you ever needed to know about Christmas (among other things)!

  9. These are just gorgeous – good idea to re-string them though! Remember the electric shocks you could get so easily from old-style lights? Or was that just me?

  10. They are really sweet and yes, one can keep things up past 01/06.

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