The magic of glowing candlelight really lights up the festive celebrations of our holidays. Candlelight is always welcome, but some holidays just wouldn't be what they are supposed to be without candles to help us celebrate. The season that first comes to mind when we think of candles is Yule time. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, or Ya Dhiu, it's the season of the Winter Solstice, or Yule.
The Winter Solstice is the point in the calendar year when night is longest and day is shortest; after the Winter Solstice the days begin gradually to lengthen. With its bold red and green traditional colors taken from nature's holly berries and evergreen trees repeated in our candles and decorating schemes for the home, schools, offices, and public spaces, it's a time of celebrating the victory of light over darkness.
Yule is the perfect time to deck your own personal halls with an abundance of handmade candles intertwined with the brightly colored decorations traditionally hung from our Christmas trees and with branches of evergreens from the woods and fields, or your own backyard.
Making candles for Yule time couldn't be easier — and it's festive and fun, something the whole family can enjoy. Even small children can help make a seasonal candle by doing the polishing or gathering small branches and berries for the decorating. Kids usually have lots of good ideas about decorating — and they like to feel a part of things, so it's always a treat for them to help you with your candlemaking, just as they like to help with baking and decorating special cookies for the holidays.
Everybody can have a hand in the decorating — a toddler can put a candle in a holder and a teen can be a real help. Every age in between can play a part — each child can be assigned a special candle of his or her own, for example, to light and take care of.