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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...at least in the U.S. A. Whether you like it or not, you can't go far without seeing some manifestation of Christmas. But Christmas is just one of the many world-wide Festivals of Lights being embraced and celebrated this month that are part of mankind's annual ritual passage through the dark days of Winter. And where there is a festival of light, there are most likely candles.
From the earliest Roman festivals and pagan rituals, through Europe and Africa to the Americas, candles and their enigmatic light have been one of the key factors in the celebration of the winter holidays. They are both decorative and utilitarian, and as I've spoken of many times on this site, have a certain beauty and power that just can't be summed up in words.
So while there isn't an About.com site about Christmas specifically, there are dozens and dozens of craft and holiday related pages. I have compiled a list of my favorite Christmas and Winter-related links. Go make some candles and enjoy your particular special festival of light.
Christmas, Christmas Candles and Worldwide Festivals of Light
Most of us in the U.S. are in the middle of some really cold icy weather. I debated whether to feature the Peppermint Ice Soap project, or the Ice Candles. The Ice Candles won. At least the candles will add a bit of "warmth" to the house. But take your pick. Grab some of that ice and enjoy. Maybe next week, I'll make snowball candles...
The holiday season is upon us - and it's starting out delightful as always. If you're planning to make soap or candles for your holiday gifts, (and of course you are!) you'd better get busy! Here are some Christmas and seasonal soap making projects that are sure to delight your friends and family. Just make sure that you keep a couple extras for yourself!
Christmas Soap Making Projects
Inspired by the cold process soap with Autumn embeds, I decided to make some gel candles using the same principle - and the same style of small cookie cutters. Like the melt and pour soap shapes, you make a sheet of gel wax - with color and/or glitter added - and then put those on the surface (the sides) of the container. Pour in some more colored and/or glittered melted gel wax and you have a festive gel candle.
How to Make Christmas Themed Gel Wax Candles