While I imagine candles were invented out of necessity (you know, like, before an old person invented the Clapper to clap on all the lights in the house), these days, they do more than help us read once the sun’s gone down. For me, lighting a candle is the perfect daily ritual.
We light candles atop cakes to celebrate birthdays. We light a candle in the window for those far away. We light pine scented candles in our first apartments when there’s no room for a real Christmas tree (just me?). We light candles to offer prayers. We light candles to set the mood (for the record, I was thinking of dinnertime and the “it’s time to eat” mood, not the other kind of mood… though I supposed that counts, too). We light candles at weddings, at baptisms and at funerals.
Lighting a candle is such an easy way to bring some of that celebration or ritual into a regular Tuesday. Or Wednesday. (You catch my drift.) That small, simple act marks the start of something. It could be the beginning of a great meal, or five minutes of prayer or meditation, or time to get lost in your thoughts.
Lighting a candle is how I come back to Earth, so to speak, on wild days. Once the match is carefully discarded (safety first, mindfulness second, people!) and I see that brightly burning wick, the rest of my day seems to come into focus. Few small rituals enable me to turn my thoughts off, while at the same time, turning my attention on, so effectively. Bonus points for the added benefits of aromatherapy (and let’s be real: what smells better than a Christmas tree?).
Old Factory Candles giveaway
I recently received a complimentary gift set of Old Factory Candles and am thrilled to be hosting a giveaway today. Each set includes three 2 oz. scented, natural soy candles in a range of themes. I chose Spa Day (you know how people have those “I’d rather be golfing” bumper stickers? I want one that says “I’d rather be getting a manicure”), and have been enjoying scents of cucumber, green tea and (my favorite) lemongrass. I like that these candles are small and come in unobtrusive packaging (the labels peeled easily off each jar); the scents are subtle and not at all overpowering.
One randomly chosen reader will receive a gift set of their choice (you can find all 11 themed sets online) courtesy of Old Factory Candles. Here are a few of my recommendations for the lucky winner:
- Winter Wonderland (hot cocoa, roasted chestnut, first snow)
- Fresh and Clean (lemongrass, olive blossom, fresh linen)
- Newborn Baby (baby powder, first blanket, baby shampoo)
- Man Cave (straight razor, leather, mahogany… very Ron Burgandy)
- Coffee Shop (coffee bean, hazelnut, chai tea)
To enter, please leave a comment below. A winner will be chosen and notified on Friday, December 19th.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Learn more about the benefits of aromatherapy
- Really, super important link of the day: Grace’s poodle pants!
- Attempting to make a woven stocking tutorial via A Beautiful Mess
What daily (or occasional) ritual helps you wind down?