The sun shined for half the day, which complicates the traditional Candlemas Rhyme:
If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Winter will not come again.
According to Exploring Nature with Children, a curriculum that my kids and I love:
“Candlemas… falls midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and takes its name from the blessing of candles for use in church throughout the coming year. Candlemas marks the presentation of the Holy Child in Temple, where Simeon held Jesus and called him a ‘Light to the World’. In pre-Christian times, February 1st was an important festival to celebrate the returning light.”
What could you possibly do on Candlemas but… make candles.
For us, it was out of old and broken crayons.
We spent a good part of the day removing the crayon wrappings and listening to some of our favorite songs.
We separated the crayons by color.
And then we took turns melting each color down in a non-stick pan on the stove.
We learned quickly that crayons are made with more than just wax, and that this activity should be done in a well ventilated area!
We used up-cycled glass from old candles to hold our wax, and tried different methods to layer, swirl, and sprinkle.
Also, we learned that clothes pins are great to hold the wick upright while the wax solidifies!
Last week, we also celebrated another birthday in the family.
Aurelia created this delicious smelling diffuser blend to celebrate:
Lastly, with this wonderful weather, I’ve begun my Spring Cleaning.
This week, I cleaned under my sink.
It’s always amazing to find the things that have sneaked their way into this well trafficked area!
I’m happy to be able to cut down on cleaners!
Thieves cleaner by Young Living literally cleans everything and has no toxins, chemicals, or fragrance.
Whats your favorite cleaning product?