Move Over Calendars: This Advent Candle Is the New Way To Do Your Christmas Countdown

published Dec 4, 2019
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Advent calendars are dipping into the candle space. Last year, Yankee Candle rolled out three versions filled with a combination of tea lights, votive candles, jar candles, and/or wax melts. A few months ago, we wrote about Diptyque’s advent calendar that gifts you 25 mini candles in one season. But the latest candle-themed advent calendar—or should we say candle—we stumbled upon is a single taper that gives you the best excuse to light a candle every day. (What more could we ask for?)

Sold by Terrain, the advent candle is a single white candlestick that is marked 1 through 24 starting at the top. The idea is that you burn the candle enough every day to reach the next ticker, resulting in a completely burned candle by the time you get to Christmas Day. Pretty genius for your everyday candle addict who will be burning through their holiday scents regardless!

But while the numbering on the candle is a unique detail, the idea of an advent candle is nothing new. Commonly known as an advent wreath or crown, the European tradition involves lighting a candle the first Sunday of Advent (the month of Christmas), lighting another candle every Sunday after up until the holiday.

Currently on sale for $12.95, the deal comes with an unscented candlestick made of paraffin wax. Unfortunately the holder is not included, so you’ll have to figure out an adorable potted plant situation (or whatever else) on your own.

And the creativity of the advent candle is catching: Sarah Jessica Parker Instagrammed about how she’s burned her own advent candle every night so far, marking the end of the day with “Goodnight, December 3rd.” So if SJP is doing it, we should do it, yes?

Since it’s already December 4, we recommend you purchasing this advent calendar sooner than later so you can catch up. Or, if you’re a serial candle lighter, you can choose to burn it starting a few days before Christmas. It could be a thrill, if you’re into that kind of thing.