Saturday, January 23, 2010

Candle Dipping for Candlemas

AT an early Candlemas celebration, we had the opportunity to try candle dipping. This is done with a crockpot full of hot melted beeswax and a bucket of cold water. You dip a wick into the wax, then immediately into the water. Then back into the wax and again in the water. Back and forth, back and forth. It's very rhythmic and with the delicious smell of the warm wax, quite entrancing. We sang our swing song as we dipped, to help keep the motion fluid and the moment special. When the candle reached its desired size, we added small wax decorations. Though possibly odd-looking to an adult eye, Emma was thrilled with her creation and proclaimed that she would never light it because it is so beautiful, she doesn't want it to burn away.

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