Tuesday, November 27, 2007

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(This would be a good time to mention that I linked a few things some of us have written about Christmas in the sidebar this weekend. I'll link more. If you've heard why we celebrate Christmas before, you don't have to read it again. If you wonder - you can check. etc They are under the little "Jesus is the Reason" sign to the right).

This is one of our fun family traditions. I look for a special candle each year. The very first year we used some really intricately carved candles that my Mother in Law had given me. I loved them. Some years all we can afford is a plain 9 inch taper.

We wanted to find something SPECIAL this year. Arielle and I found this one at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.

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The photo doesn't do it justice. It is sort of glittery and the young ones love it. We'll make 25 marks on this candle. We'll burn a "mark a night" during our family circle. This will be a visual aid for the little ones. IF I count right the candle will burn out on Christmas Eve. Often we have to burn it several hours on the 23rd to make this work. ::snort:: I figure it will be easy to mark this one as there are 5 squares on it with the letters P E A C E. I may let Mike mark it off. ::snort::
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Debbie said...

This was one of your many ideas that I loved! Thanks for the reminder...I need to get out and get a candle.

Romany said...

WOW! That candle looks HUGE!

We usually have an Advent wreath with the pink, white and purple candles, but I'm not at all sure I'll have the time to pull it altogether this week.

So many traditions, so little time! {g}

Anonymous said...


Looking forward to being there with you for some of the days.

Did you get the email I sent about Dad's appointment Monday?


DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Dorothy - it IS huge but it has to burn all month during our family circle times. LOL

We also have traditional advent wreaths, but we have found we can't let them burn long or we run out of candles for the first two weeks and then the wreath looks off because I have to buy replacement candles. LOL

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Any candle will do, Debbie. It's such a simple way to count down.

berrypatch said...

And here I thought I had to buy an actual Advent candle already marked for me! I'm going to go look for one tomorrow. What a great idea! :-)

Cynthia said...

Is that trick photography or do you buy one HUGE candle? Either way, it's gorgeous! And.. We just got a Hobby Lobby here awhile back and it's become my new favorite store!

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

It's not HUGE....I don't know why it looks that way to all - it's sitting on the entertainment center. LOL