Finnish Independence Day 2020

Candle End

Constance’s human family has Finnish antecedents, so she has been helping to make candles…collecting candle wicks and lumps of beeswax..

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Aluminium

…and the aluminium shells leftover after burning tea lights…

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Wicks

…and we bought some wicks, already inserted into candle bases.

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Melt

Then we melted the beeswax in a dedicated pyrex measuring cup in a pan of water over medium low heat.

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stick

We dipped a wick into the melted wax, and fixed it to the bottom of a tea light shell…

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Pour

…and poured the melted wax into the shells.

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Tea Lights

…and made tea-lights (40 of them!).

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Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää

On December 6th, Finns and people with Finnish ancestry place two candles in the window, to show that people would find a safe haven in the house during times of oppression.

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Happy 103 years of Independence, Finland!

On Finnish Independence Day 2011 Constance and Tansy became involved in a great Reindeer Saga, the entire story can be seen by following this link   Start by reading the bottom post first – they are in reverse order for some reason.

A great on-line Finnish Advent Calendar can be found here

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18 thoughts on “Finnish Independence Day 2020

  1. Your celebration of Finland’s Independence Day is as soft and fragrant as the melted beeswax burning warmly in your window. I know I would find solace if I walked past your house and saw your window. I would seek refuge there. I know I have already found refuge there, each day that I come to view and read a Quimper Hitty post. Thank you so much and may blessings flow to the Finnish descendants in your home.

    • We love the smell of beeswax – my grandfather kept bees, and my mother used to dip taper candles with us when I was little. It always smells like Christmas to me…and the two candles in the window was a message of hope, and I think it still is!

    • You are welcome…we are glad to have saved the candle-ends and the little cups… and extra glad to have found a source for the wicks! Everything came together at just the right moment!

  2. The tea lights look so welcoming. This is a beautiful custom. Happy Finnish Independence Day. The great Reindeer Saga stories is one of my favorites. It was fun to read it again.

    • We were very glad to get so many made – and all out of the dregs and ends of candles that could have been thrown away. The only thing we bought new were the wicks! We are so pleased with the result, and are very happy that the candles in the window seem welcoming to you!

  3. What a great tradition. Very meaningful especially in light of their history.
    My brother has been to Finland …fun to read of this. And of course fun to see Constance in action!

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