Let me tell you about Candle Time!
Candletime is a made up thing that I first read about over on Ask Moxie…you are all reading Moxie, right? I shudder to imagine a world in which I am forced to raise children without Ask Moxie in my bookmarks and Arwen available via email.
Anyway, the gist of Candle Time is that every night from November 1st until Thanksgiving, you light candles in the evening and have a little family time, as a way to make the month of November just about THIS TIME, instead of BALLS TO THE WALL CHRISTMAS IN YOUR FACE for two freaking months.
We have altered this slightly to suit our family and so this year since November 1st, we’ve been having dinner by candlelight.
It is totally awesome. First of all, I LOVE having dinner by candlelight. Everything is just more beautiful and special. I loved it when I was a little girl and I love it now. And what better way to enjoy the fact that it’s pitch black at 4:30 PM than to have a nice candle lit dinner?
And the kids love it. Well, at least Eli loves it. Sometimes we forget Candle Time and he’s the one who reminds us, and he is in charge of snuffing out the candles when dinner is over. It’s really just a few votives scattered down the middle of the table and a few other candles stuck in jars, and it’s just a tiny bit more effort than regular dinner, but it’s been so nice. I look around at my kids and my family and I think to myself “This is a GREAT tradition.”
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