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Candle Etiquette

Published in Tea House Times
Article on Page 7
Column by Cynthia Grosso


Have you ever heard people say, “you should burn the wicks on new candles when you put them on display”…do you know why?


As we all know, there was a time when people did not have electricity and everyone used candles to light their homes. Then with the invention of the light bulb, the people that had money and could afford electric power to light their homes, no longer used candles.


It has been said however, in order not to embarrass those who could not afford electricity; it was considered a polite gesture to burn the wicks of the candles on display so it was not known who had electricity…..and who did not.


Candle etiquette sheds a little light on the subject, by teaching us once again, the most important rule of etiquette…letting people save face and not embarrassing anyone.


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Author: Cynthia Grosso

Source: The Tea House Times Magazine

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