In Ireland, we're pretty aware of those *unique* behaviours that set us apart from other nations. (Eg. Grown adults cancelling all their Friday night plans to watch a show about toys).
But some of our quirks need to be pointed out to us by visitors before we even cop that what we're doing isn't 'normal'.
Prime example - bright blue Christmas lights.
They've always been a part of the festive season, so much so that we don't even notice them anymore. But apparently, our love of blue lights is unique to us.
A perplexed Redditor posed the question, 'what's the craic with Ireland and blue Christmas lights?' and sparked a massive discussion on the topic.
The full post, by MaigeTuired, reads:
'Lads, what's the craic with Ireland and blue Christmas lights? Not some pale blue icy colour, but that full on flashing lights at a Garda checkpoint blue. They don't feel much like Christmas to me at all at all!
'I don't remember ever seeing them anywhere else. Not in the states or places I visited in Europe.
'Maybe they're a more recent thing too?'
There are numerous theories as to why we like to turn the air blue.
One user wrote:
'The story I heard was that when LEDs initially became popular the blue light ones were the cheapest - so that's why we're currently stuck with this ugly reality.
'I've also heard people say it's because 'White lights are too Christmas specific' hence blue was chosen to 'not offend' people which I reckon is as bullshit as it sounds.'
Another agreed: 'Someone in my office was saying it's because they were cheaper alright, still not 100% convinced that explains the phenomena though.'
Redditors are generally agreed that blue is not an acceptable Christmas light hue.
rapmachinenodiggidy wrote: 'they're horrific. f*ck anyone who employs them. all white bulbs or multicoloured are the only acceptable choices. and fuck LED and flashing lights, bulbs only.'
Had you copped this?