Magic Matt’s Guide to Blinking

“A very strange title!”, you probably think.
“Why, who’s Magic Matt sir, and how does he blink?”
“Or more to the point sir, what I’d like to see.”
“Is why is he blinking and how he’ll teach me.”

Many occasions are best celebrated with party lights of some sort. Christmas, Hannukah, and Halloween come readily to mind, but there are many other times of the year where light up trinkets enhance the party spirit. Also, illuminated accoutrements serve a dual purpose. Not only do they pump up the party fun, but light up toys and party favors contribute to individual safety. When a partygoer uses a flashing party favor they’re much safer in the street with their nighttime visibility greatly improved. Then there are safety lights, which are not intended for partying at all.If I said Christmas is a great time for lights, you’d look at me like “duh!” Yes, Christmas lights are a staple of a worldwide holiday tradition. These days people deck out their homes like nobody’s business. Just look at these inspirational light displays:

Now, people want to light up more than just their houses. For the past decade, light up jewelry has caught on for Christmas. People sport flashing earrings, light up Christmas bulb necklaces, and even flashing reindeer antlers! Then, we can’t forget about those beautiful, ugly Christmas sweaters. Nothing uglifies a gaudy green sweater more than brightly flashing red and green LED buttons.

On the other hand, folks have been using lights to brighten up their kids for decades on Halloween. In the past parents used simple flashlights or glow sticks to make sure their young ones were seen by cars when scrambling around trick or treating in the street. Now, parents have kicked it up a notch and kids demand the finest in flashing masks, wicked wands, and gleaming costume accessories.

And Hanukkah, “The Festival of Lights” has the word “lights” right in its title! What a no-brainer. Light up home decorations for Hanukkah have caught on in recent years. Blue and white LED string lights and Star of David blinkee pins are a great addition to lighting menorah candles.

Some of you may be thinking we’ve left out a few big blinkee holidays. Sure, I’ve only named the very biggest ones so far. We can’t forget Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, May the 4th Be with You, Cico de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day / Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve.

A lone beating heart shows the longing of one lover for another. On Valentine’s day it is now possible to share a bright beating heart with a partner. LED hearts come in many forms from rings, and necklaces to string lights and lapel pins. A princess can wear a flashing heart tiara while holding her light up heart scepter. For the truly funky there are even light up heart sunglasses.

In days gone if you wanted to jazz up your Mardi Gras ensemble you’d don beads in many different shapes, colors, sizes and themes. For modern Mardi Gras the bead selection has expanded to include light up beads with flashing charms. There are light up shot glasses strung on beads and flashing fleur de lis, to name a few.

You can avoid getting pinched on St. Patrick’s Day by wearing something green. But if you want to earn a pot of gold from your local Leprechaun, try pinning on a flashing shamrock or four leaf clover with bright green LEDs.

Easter eggs have evolved as of late. The new trend is to fill them with mini glow sticks for pre-dawn egg hunts. Baskets have also been stocked with slow mood changing LED Easter eggs lately, and kids have been wearing LED bunny ears and flashing bunny rings while they try to outdo each other by finding the most eggs.

Haha, that’s punny – May the 4th Be With You! I like that. May 4th has been designated as “Star Wars Day” for the past thirty years or so. You hadn’t heard? I’ll go into the full story later. For now just suffice to say that this day is not “A long time ago in a galaxy far away.” And when it comes you don’t want to be caught without your own LED Light Sabre or flashing space gun.

On Cinco de Mayo we commemorate Mexican independence by getting drunk on cerveza and decorating our panchos with red green and white beads and other trinkets. Flashing maracas and LED cowboy hats help complete fiesta spirit.
Mom doesn’t want anything too gaudy. She wants a special, soft gift on her special, soft day. Soft LED hearts and lovely light up roses make a beautiful present on Mother’s Day.

Memorial Day is nice because we get a day off work and it kicks off the summer. This holiday has a lot in common with Independence Day, except for fireworks. Red, white and blue beads, wands, pins, necklaces and other accessories assembled at your party prepare a patriotic atmosphere for your guests to enjoy.

Dads can go for some outrageous gifts! LED furniture is perfect to perk up a darkened man-cave and LED flashing drink ware styles out dad’s night with his beer buddies.

Perhaps Fourth of July should have been on my original no-brainer light up list, so please forgive the possible omission.