Monday, December 7, 2009

M.A.S.T. - Do you want to join with me?

This is a silly custom that was started in 2006 on an online stitching group I belong to. One of the members that year showed a series of photos dedicated to burning a snowman candle. Of course there was amusing commentary to go with it which meant that yours truly had to join in.
Do you know how difficult it is to find a snowman candle in Australia - even at Christmas???
I did manage to find one, as did several others on the message board and the following year we were able to join in and start M.A.S.T. - MELT A SNOWMAN TODAY.
Find a Snowman (or SANTA if you can't find a Snowman - he's an acceptable substitute) and apply a match to the wick on the 15th December - it is your choice whether to draw out the agony and extinguish the flame in an hour (as I do), or to let him burn until just a puddle of slush....
Snowmen melt differently - some hollow out, some pour wax all over the outside, some burn evenly and gracefully, others don't burn much past their hat!

As you can see by my photo - Not only do I have snowmen and santas - I have a couple of trees as well. My family and girlfriend have joined in this sillyness and most of these have been sourced from thrift shops - which explains their pre-loved lopsided appearance.

Do you have a Christmas candle? Would you like to join me and my online friends on the 15th December to slowly melt one (or more) candles? I'll be lighting mine for an hour from 7.30pm.


stitchinfiend said...

I found some really nice Snowmen candles last week but I figured they were tooooo expensive to burn.....LOL.

Carolyn said...

I will have to look for some snowman candles. Bronny, you won my blogaversary contest. Please email me with your snail mail so I can get your package off to you!
misslynnys at yahoo dot com

Lovely tree!
Carolyn :)

stitcheranon said...

Aw!!!!1 Too Cruel!!!!

Yoyo said...

This sounds really cute. Not sure if hubby will let me burn one, sometimes his allergies won't allow, but I think I'll try.

The reason your snowmen are burning so differently is that you put them out in an hour. The way to get any candle to burn down to mush is.....

The very first time you light said candle you have to let it burn long enough that the 'puddle' of melted wax reaches almost out to the edge of the candle. This can be a l-o-n-g time if it's a really wide candle. But a candle will never burn "wider" than that first burn.

So you can see that the snowman in your picture probably won't burn beyond that wide rim in his hat, unless you burn him that far the first time. The pointy hat Santa will give you trouble if you don't burn him down to almost the end of the red part of the hat. can check the shape of your candle when you buy it and know how it will burn.

Hope that's helpful when you make your next candle purchase.