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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Candleboats and New Year’s Eve

My family and I enjoyed a quiet, comfortable New Year’s Eve at home. I made an Israeli inspired dinner influenced by The Frugal Gourmet Keeps The Feast. Before we began eating we lit our little walnut shell candleboats. In turn we each said our wish/prayer for the coming year then we set our boats floating. It went off so well that I think I will make this little ritual a yearly tradition. I got the idea for the floating walnut candles from one of my favorite books on seasonal celebrations All Year Round. The candles and their reflections gave off a really nice luminous glow throughout the meal.
Our peaceful family dinner on New Year’s Eve was the complete opposite of the New Year’s Day festivities. We entertained a houseful of our boisterous friends and ate way too much food of the decadent variety. Two celebrations couldn’t have been more different but at the very heart of them they were just the same. Ringing in the unknown new year with those we love. Being thankful just because you are doing it together.


  1. This pic is dreamy. So pleased to read your New Year was just what you wanted it to be. A very late HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you too! Girls have been so sick...sorry I missed it.-M

  2. on an unrelated note... I saw a movie preview for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and I thought of your beautiful dolls. The movie looks like a good one! Happy New year. :)

  3. Thank you Chveya for the compliment and thanks for the birthday wishes M! Hope your girls are better.

  4. Thanks for your comment. It's funny how our bodies adjust to the indoor temp. Without the woodstove going I'd say our house is at about 57 degrees, but it is defintely do able. Glad to know you are also surviving at low temperatures. Anyway you look at it, it's better for our environment.


  5. what a nice contrast. i love the little candles. so sweet.