November is winding down, bringing with it Thanksgiving… and the end to our liturgical year. The Sunday following Thanksgiving is the Feast of Christ the King. It is a gloriously triumphant farewell to our year, followed by a liturgically quiet week before entering the season of Advent. In our house, that week between Christ the King and the First Sunday of Advent is spent scrambling around looking for the Advent wreath and calendar, and for violet decorations.
It wasn’t so very long ago that we were also scrambling for Advent candles. And we always seemed to leave it until the very last minute and often had to improvise by purchasing coloured and scented votives at a grocery store. This often involved running to multiple grocery stores on the Friday before the First Sunday, after spending the previous two days cooking for Thanksgiving. That generally doesn’t make for a very happy or calm Mama.
I decided to cure my problem by making my own candles. And I had lots of help from Caroline, Sophie, James, and Jack. Measuring, measuring again, melting, colouring, wicking, pouring, and unmolding…
It is a lovely way to spend the afternoon – creating, chatting, drinking tea or cocoa. And learning about the process of making candles from bee to candlestick.
I have relatively recently discovered that Advent candles aren’t actually all that easy to come by, except online. And finding high-quality beeswax (vs. parafin) candles that are solid colour (not dip-dyed) is even more difficult. It seems that being caught out by the arrival of Advent is something of a pandemic, even among organized Catholic mothers. This year, we made sets available to other families and sold out so quickly that I didn’t even have time to post photos and descriptions in our store. We are pouring last minute sets this week – every one of them sold out in 9 hours. Next year, we’ll make lots more and earlier.