Last year I promised myself I would think ahead… and I forgot. Our trusty Amazon Prime couldn’t save us at the last minute. There were big fat “out of stock” messages all over the place.  And there was no way I was coughing up some of the outrageous prices for a set of Advent candles and then paying shipping only to have to wait 5-10 business days. Advent will be halfway over by then!

I researched Michael’s, Target, Wal-Mart, etc… to no avail. No one sells purple or (pastel) pink tapers!  There is a reputable candle company (Bidermann & Sons)  that was selling a set for a reasonable price and if the item was in-stock, it would be eligible for the prime (free 2 day) shipping. Of course, they were sold out, but I figured, they might restock soon… it was only the second day of Advent… So I looked up the corporate number and called them. (I was determined!) They had the set in stock, and I asked if Amazon would be restocking . All she could tell me was that they ship to Amazon every week, every Monday, to be exact (I prodded some more). I was about to place my order via Amazon when I thought about Bidermann & Sons’ retailers. It turns out there was a little mom-and-pop pharmacy near us that sells them! Woowhoo! I called them, and while they were sold out of that particular set, they had other nice ones! So for $10 I beat all the online prices I saw (if you add shipping) and was able to get them right away! Church youth groups should skip selling all the sweets and start charging and arm and a leg for Advent candle sets! It would be a great fundraiser.

Next year I want to make our own beeswax candles like they did. The kit is going on my “price watch” list. Alternatively you could keep an eye out at Goodwill for single tapers. Last year we had one pink one and three white ones. But it’s so much more meaningful to embrace traditional liturgical colors, I think.

Here’s a little history about the tradition.

Here’s the how-to for blessing and using the Advent wreath to help one prepare for Christmas.

“The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen.” -Isaiah 9:1-2