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The Wish Candle…

Two Shoes Tuesday’s prompt this week is



My mother had several traditions that were important to her.
One of them was the Christmas Wish Candle and Book.

It was a red pillar candle  brought out on Thanksgiving Day
and stayed on a table in the living room until New Years Day.

Everyone who came to the house during that time was invited to
light the candle, make a wish, blow the candle out, and sign the book.
And I mean everyone.
Friends, family, milkman, mailman, repairmen, and delivery people…
Some years there were pages of names and some years only a few.

I don’t know what happened to the Wish Candle and Book.
If I had a Wish Candle I would wish to have Ma’s Wish Book.

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19 thoughts on “The Wish Candle…

  1. I love the idea of having a wish candle. I’m wondering how, why, she got started. Perhaps the book will show up in a relative’s estate.
    We do that with birthday candles, make a wish before blowing them out. I think that is quite common.

    1. We do the birthday candle thing, too. I think one of the great-grandmothers started the tradition, but I am not sure. I doubt the book will show up anywhere. Basically I am the end of the line and I don’t have it.

  2. Lovely tradition, Patricia.
    I feel if we love something, we too should adopt & celebrate it 🙂
    Best wishes to you! Merry X’Mas in advance 🙂

    1. I probably would have carried on the tradition if I had a family or did any entertaining in my home. Hope your Christmas was happy and filled with new memories.

  3. This certainly is a lovely idea although I am not so sure about blowing the candle out after lighting it. I wouldn’t have thought it had enough time to work its magic. I would have given it five minutes at least before the next guest’s wish!

  4. I love this idea. When I first visited my sister and her husband (in another province) a lifelong tradition of his family was signing a guest book with a small blurb about your visit. I wish I had known of it much, much sooner.Traditions are wonderful. 🙂

    1. I know of people who have a book like this in their guest rooms year round. It is a lovely tradition. I hope someone in the family keeps track of the book so it doesn’t get lost one day.

      1. Indeed. That’s one thing I would worry about. I’d missed a lot of years, but I finally started one for my ESL students, whom I hosted for around 10 years. I look at it now and again and remember them and our times together. 🙂

  5. I’ve never heard of this, what a wonderful tradition! I agree, that book would be a keepsake… a collection of all those who visited your home during that time. It would be such a fun idea for families to start! Thank you for sharing a beautiful memory with us for Two Shoes Tuesday, Patricia!

    1. Christmas was usually somewhat stressful at our house. The wish candle was one thing everyone liked and didn’t argue about. It is a favorite memory.

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