Mason Jar Faralitos

November 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

Every year the holiday marketing machine gears up earlier and earlier.  I try to fight it, but I love the holidays, so I always have one eye on the greenery.  I just got this newsletter from HGTV and flipped through their 20 holiday make-it craft photos.  I really liked this one image.

mason jar candles

Click on the photo above to see the original HGTV slideshow.

It is simple and adaptable. Unfortunately, there are no directions, so I’m not sure what they used for the crystal base. It looks like it may be something like seasalt, but that would make this about $30 in candles. I will try to identify the material.  But, the reason I liked it was that it is reminiscent of the faralitos/luminarias that we New Mexicans light our pathways with on Christmas eve.



I used authentic luminarias as decoration for our wedding. They were warm (both literally and figuratively) and romatic.

A faralito or luminaria (depending on what region you are in) is a candle placed in a brown paper bag filled with sand and lit on Christmas Eve. It is meant to symbolize a welcoming casa to guide the Virgin Mary as she searches for an open Inn. It makes the city magical. But, convenience has led to plastic & electrical imitations. They are still beautiful, but lose some of tradition and richness of the ritual. But, the traditional bags can be safe hazards and can blow over in the wind. These would be a nice modern and stylish compromise.


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