Years ago, when I was still an undergrad at GU (gosh, that was 5 years ago!), the sacristan for the Student Chapel asked me if I wanted the altar candle remnants. Never one to pass up an offer of free (non-scented!) candles, I said yes and he presented me with two (!) large boxes of 6" tall beeswax candles. Awesome.
And they've traveled with me wherever I moved from then on. I now have the boxes (which are a little more empty now) in our buffet, and I still use the candles around the house. I love the subtle smell of beeswax :) and I love candlelight. We try to light candles when we pray together--it's so much more intimate and it sets the scene for hallowed thoughts, I think. There's something enchanting about candle light. At night, T and I turn off the lights and burn candles before falling asleep. It's so much more satisfying to puff out a candle flame, rather than flicking a wall switch. The transition is better, too, from the soft glow of a warm flame to the gathering darkness of sleep...
Only trouble is, the candles drip a lot of wax (I don't have any followers for the tips of the candles). I hate to see such good wax go to waste (besides, it's been blessed--can't throw it out!), so I've saved the drippings in a ziploc bag. And I accumulated quite a lot over the past several years.
So... I made candles yesterday! We have several scented candles in glass jars that were running low, so I melted the remainder of the scented wax with the beeswax remnants and re-filled the jars. I even filled several votive holders with plain beeswax to use around the house. I am super excited. My favorite, you might have guessed, are the green votive holders, which I got as a C'mas present to use at Pentecost this year.
I might need to get some more candle glasses next time :) We'll see! Now go enjoy some candlelight yourself!