What’s Your Favorite Fairytale?

When I was little, one of my absolute favorite stories was the 12 Dancing Princesses, and it is something that will always bring to mind the holiday season.  The fairytale told the story of 12 beautiful princesses who were drawn from their beds each night by the desire to dance. They would sneak out of their castle and travel through three magical forests, which was always my favorite part of the story. The first forest was shining silver, the second a glowing gold, and the third was the most magical of all, full of shimmering diamonds. The imagery was gorgeous and I dreamed of one day finding these enchanted forests.

12 dancing princesses

12 dancing princesses

12 dancing princesses

12 dancing princesses

The princesses would reach a lake where they each met a prince who would row them to a castle in the middle of the lake, where they would dance the night away until they wore out their shoes.  Come the morning, the king would find them sleeping in their beds, but with a pile of worn out slippers that were a mystery to him.  He would recruit princes to watch over the princesses and see where they went at night, but the princesses would trick them by bringing them along and at the end of the night, offering them a special drink that would make them fall asleep and forget everything. I always found it to be such an intriguing tale and it has stuck with me ever since. I love that it was the inspiration behind one section of our November catalog!

12 dancing princesses

What is your favorite fairytale? Tell us in the comments!

 

Comments

  1. The 12 Dancing Princesses was always one of my favorites and I was actually just thinking of that story. I love how it was used as inspiration for this collection.

  2. The Wild Swans is a beautiful story, about the love and dedication of one strong girl. It is a wonderful fairytale where the hero of the tale is a young girl, who saves the lives of her 11 older brothers. Truly beautiful.

  3. i’ve always thought i was a fairy in a past life, delicately fluttering and flapping noiselessly though dimly lit forest trails, following the tail end of a firefly out to a pond, where i have made a home at the tops of ginormous trees with my fairy friends

  4. I’ve always loved grimms’ fairy tales. We had some older versions of the stories so they were more violent and scary but I loved them so much.

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