Hello, thank you for dropping in, you are very welcome here. If you read yesterday's post you will know that I am trying to write something here every day during December - well, perhaps every day between now and Christmas - and share my festive preparations with you.
I love candles at any time of year and really, at any time of day - I lit a candle while I had a bath yesterday morning - and so it seems natural that I count down the days to Christmas with an Advent candle. I don't have an Advent wreath because we have so little space, but I can always find room for one solitary candle. When my girls were small it was a special moment, the nightly lighting of the candle, and it was a useful way of showing them how many nights there were left before the huge excitement of Christmas Eve, but I think it was really for me! The significance of one little flame dispelling the darkness is something I find both comforting and hopeful.
A couple of years ago I found a set of numbered Advent tealights and discovered that I preferred them to the traditional candle: for a start, they burned for much longer, and secondly, I didn't have to keep an eye on them to make sure that I didn't burn too many days at once, which often makes me a little anxious. Nope, light the tealight, enjoy it for a couple of hours and once it's out, that's it, plenty of room for distraction and no harm done. So, this year, these are my Advent candles -
I bought this set in Laura Ashley a few days before Christmas last year, reduced from £16 to £5 and yes, I know £5 is a bit hefty but the price included the star-shaped tealight holder and I feel quite sure that I shall use it outside of Advent. I always buy my Advent candles when the price is reduced in December and the miracle is that I can always find them the following year in time for Advent! So now we are counting down, marking off the days one tealight at a time.
See you tomorrow.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x