15 December 2006

Freeze your Hanukkah candles for fewer drips

According to some, Hanukkah candles drip less when stored in the freezer. My research seems to support this.

What's your tip for reducing candle drip?

More: Tips for Hanukkah

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It has to do with parenting because kids are fascinated with the dripping candles, and will sneak chances to play with the wax or with getting the candles to flicker or melt crooked by blowing on them or tapping them. I did this as a kid, and every other former (and current) kid I know will guiltily admit the same.

Another Hannukah candle safety tip - take a half sheet pan or big jelly-roll pan. Fill it with just enough water to cover the bottom. Set the menorah in the center. The lights will reflect a bit in the water and look pretty. Also should your sneaky small ones disturb the burning candles or the candles drip - all will fall safely into the pool.

C Brannon: In my world, less cleaning (cooking, organizing, general domestic fussing) = more quality time with my family. This tip falls under that category.

THANK YOU says this mom who just cleaned first night's wax off the windowsill, and doesn't want to see what it's like by night eight.

Next year I'm not getting the cheap supermarket candles.

I'm from England. I do not know what Hanukkah is! Can someone please please tell me? Is it like Christmas?

Jodie: Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday, AKA the Festival of Lights.


Mom101: Night 2, and nary a drip. And I use the cheap supermarket candles.

True! And the expensive metallic ones drip not at all...

and I bet it would work for birthday candles too? and maybe the ones on my Advent wreath?

We put ours on a sheet of tinfoil. Even if they do drip it doesn't make a mess.

PS For easy post-holiday cleanup, soak the menorahs in hot water for a bit, the wax floats right off, no more scrubbing.

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