When I was a kid, my family would make candles for Christmas. We’d fill the stovetop with pots of boiling water, and sink a big coffee can of wax chunks inside. We’d color the wax with the stumps of old crayons or old candles (and then pull out the bits of leftover wick once the wax had melted).
We’d carry the cans of hot wax into the basement, wearing big oven mitts that had been splashed with wax so much they were completely stiff.
Downstairs we would have arranged candle forms of Santa and Frosty the Snowman, half-buried head down into a big box of sand to hold the forms in place. We’d fill the forms, and top them off as the wax cooled and contracted.
After the wax had set, we would peel off the form to reveal the candle inside. My dad would trim the edges and base, and we’d paint the features — Frosty’s scarf, Santa’s hat and coat. We gave these as gifts to grade-school teachers for years. - Matt
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