The Light of Even One Small Candle

“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.” ~ Robert Alden

What is it about candlelight that we love so much? Why does it make us feel all warm and "glowy" in a way that no overhead light or lamp ever could? Is it a case of form over function?

Wikipedia says that, "Before the invention of electric lighting, candles and oil lamps were commonly used for illumination. In areas without electricity, they are still used routinely. Until the 20th century, candles were more common in northern Europe. In southern Europe and the Mediterranean, oil lamps predominated. In the developed world today, candles are used mainly for their aesthetic value and scent, particularly to set a soft, warm, or romantic ambiance, for emergency lighting during electrical power failures, and for religious or ritual purposes. Scented candles are used in aromatherapy. "

I would have LOVED living in a time when candles were commonly used for illumination. (Okay, so maybe I wouldn't have loved the "no electricity" part of that, but it does sounds romantic.) There are many reasons why I love candles and candlelight. (1) Having candles burning in different little spots throughout my home just makes me happy. I don't just save them for evening; I often light them during the day as well. (2) For me, it's a visual thing. I only love candles if I can SEE the flame. I don't want a candle, no matter how lovely it may smell, that is in an opaque container, unless it is a tiny one and I can see the flame from above. (3) Fact: Everyone looks better in candlelight. Harsh, fluorescent lighting is horrible on anyone over the age of...let's say 17.  (4) Scented candles remind me of different things -- events, places and people -- that I have known or experienced. The scents bring back different memories and recollections to savor...or forget! What makes fragrance so deeply personal and our opinions of them so diverse is our olfactory memories associated with them.

Candles, like many things in life, are a simple pleasure. If I had not a penny to my name, I would like to think that I could make a happy home with a few fresh flowers in an old glass milk bottle, the light of even one small candle and the memories that they would bring.

What is it about candles that YOU love?

Be chic y'all!

xoxo ~ Ronnetta