Have you seen this beautiful Advent wreath popping up on different Catholic websites?
Yeah, I did too. And since I was in the market for a different Advent wreath, I noticed it. I liked that you could use regular tealights instead of colored candles. I liked the idea of chimneys to protect little hands grabbing at pretty flames. I liked the multi-layered look and the open scroll work that I could decorate with greenery if I so chose. So when I saw one on the Advent table of our local Catholic bookstore for a reasonable price (and no shipping fees or damages to worry about) I bought one and brought it home. The one I purchased came with electric tealights which I replaced with real tealights. Aside from a few minor points, I was mostly pleased with it.
Fortuitously, a conversation over at the 4 Real Forum discussing this wreath came up and prompted Suzanne to ask a very important question:
Do you see how those violet/rose glass covers go straight up....as opposed to tapering OUT a bit, like regular votive holders do????So I tested mine. And... Suzanne is right. After only one burning, there was noticeable soot on the top of the chimneys when wiped with a paper towel although it was not visible on the glass. But that was only one burn for about an hour which is about how long our candles stay lighted every night during Advent (give or take). Also, the chimneys got really hot. So hot that I couldn't lift them to blow the candles out and had to extinguish the flames from the top which produced more smoke that probably contributed significantly to the soot on the paper towel.
Do you think they'd get black and stained easily??? Thus requiring a bit more scrubbing than I'd like, and eventual permanent staining?
So, while I am a little disappointed that I spent the money on something that isn't going to be usable, I have also been re-inspired to go back to our suspended wreath. I do plan on letting the kids use it with the electric tealights. The bookstore is owned by the local Catholic parish so the money was basically a donation anyway.
Just felt like this needed to be said. And now, back to my regularly scheduled mommy blogging.