Friday, February 11, 2011
I live in a rural area of Upstate NY. Each Christmas Eve community volunteers set up luminaries on our country roads. It's a beautiful tradition that I look forward to each year. A few years ago I decided to place luminaries along my walk to contribute to the community's efforts.
Volunteers save up plastic gallon jugs, usually milk jugs, to set along the road side. Instead of using plastic I decided to use recycled glass jars. I saved up my Newman's Own sauce jars to use, but you could use any glass jar of your liking. Jelly and jam jars come in all shapes and sizes now and would make beautiful luminaries.
I have also made luminaries out of white paper lunch sacks. You could use any small paper sack I like to use white for it's versatility. You can leave the paper sacks plain or decorate them. I've done both with great results.
I like to use glass jars because you can fill them with candies. During the Christmas holidays I've used peppermint candies. Not only do the candies look great, but my walk smells minty, too! On Halloween night I've used candy corn, which makes the outside of my house smell sweet. The kids love it!
Luminaries can be done anytime of year, but I especially love them in winter. I love seeing the flame as it lights the dark night while balancing on snow. It's like magic.
Luminaries are also a great way to dress up your outside for special occasions such as dinner parties or cocktails, but it's great for no other reason than to add a little magic to an otherwise ordinary night. ;)
Posted by It's a Meow World at 2/11/2011 11:45:00 PM