celebrating candlemas – 2nd february

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candlemas candles and snowdrops

After the darkest time of the year there is now a promise of spring and return of the light at Candlemas as the days begin to get longer, it is the midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.  Singing Candlemas songs whilst lighting candles in the earth can be a special way to mark this occasion, warming up all the little bulbs underground in time for Lady Spring to arrive, yet winter can still have another strike as the below old wisdom reminds us!

“If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight,
But if Candlemas Day be clouds and rain
Winter is gone, and will not come again.”
candlemas crafts

It’s a lovely family tradition at this time of year and helps build family rhythms to make some of your very own candles in preparation for Candlemas, and you can then fill your table with their glowing light in celebration.

candle dipping kit

candlemas candle dipping

beeswax candle dipping

This candle dipping kit has everything you need so you can make your very own candles from deliciously honey-scented pure beeswax. It comes with 600mg beeswax granules, wick and a dipping tin filled with the beeswax to get you going.  You simply melt the wax in the dipping tin in a pan of hot water, and then repeatedly dip the provided lengths of wick in until your candle has grown enough.  This is an easy and heartwarming craft for young children under adult supervision and a really lovely activity to do as a family at Candlemas time.  You can even save all your old candle stubs throughout the year to all melt in the dipping tin to make new candles, here below was a D.I.Y. version we tried with melting old beeswax candle stubs – a little pear-shaped but still worked beautifully!

candlemas candle dipping beeswax

beeswax candle rolling

candle rolling kit

beeswax candle rolling kit

These deliciously honey-scented pure beeswax honeycomb sheets make really easy and beautiful candles by just rolling them! An easy and fun craft even for young children. You can make different sizes, shapes and spiralling candles too by how you cut the wax sheet before rolling. The  candle kit contains 3 pure beeswax sheets, full instructions and wicks.

candlemas game

shadow in the woods game

The Shadow in the Woods board game is perfect to play at Candlemas! Really atmospheric to play in a darkened room in these dark, winter evenings.
 A co-operative game for children 5 years and up, requiring the help of an adult to move the candle. The object of the game is for the Gnomes to unite under one tree and only move in the shadows. The candle tries to find the Gnomes and freeze them with its light. A second co-operative game on the board’s reverse is for children age 7 years and up. Here the candle is stationary, and the gnomes must move through the shadows and jump over the light. For 2-8 players.
Our co-operative games have simple themes that interest children and will encourage a healthy attitude towards working together and listening! They teach logic, consultation, decision making and creative thinking. Why compete when you can co-operate?
pure beeswax candles

beeswax candle

Pure beeswax candles give a special warm glow, purify the air and emit a wonderful honey scent that only beeswax can deliver!   The beeswax candles on the left are made from the candle rolling kit.  The candles on the right are beautifully handcrafted in a community supporting adults with special needs in Germany. The candles are hand dipped in pure beeswax that will naturally burn for a long time.  The different sizes shown are the dinner candle, tapered candle (which in a brass holder fits the birthday rings and shapes), tealight candle and amazing pillar candle, all perfect for
Candlemas celebrations.
candlemas pic
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