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A Family's Wishes on Candle Night--The Story of Ivory

 (Los Angeles, U.S.A.)

Ivory (pen name) and her three daughters aged 9, 4, and nine-months old, from Los Angeles, U.S.A., enjoyed Candle Nights on June 22 and 23.


They started to prepare at around six o'clock. Ivory and the children put about 100 tea light candles in lanterns and jam pots, placing them around the deck. They enjoyed Candle Night from 8 to 10 p.m.

They read story books and ate dinner in the garden by candlelight. They had a good time enjoying the outdoors at night. Some of the books they read included, "The Important Book" by Margaret Wise Brown, "Prayer for a child" by Rachel Field, and "Good Night Story." Ivory drank herbal tea and talked with her children about what they want to be in the future. It got darker around 8 p.m. Ivory expressed, "Candles are beautiful at nightfall, too.

They prayed for peace in the world and for the safety of their friends' father who is in Iraq. It was a time to be thankful for their safety and happiness for the two years they've been in L.A.  Ivory says, "In L.A., airplanes and helicopters fly, even at night. But when we had a Candle Night, we could see many stars after we spent slow time in the candlelight."

Finally, they carried their lanterns inside. The children were happy because they stayed up a little late that night. They found something special in the candlelight. She told us she would tell her friends about her wonderful experience.

You can enjoy Candle Night with many people, with your friends and families, or just by yourself.

How about having a Candle Night in the winter solstice?

Yuko Kishikami

October 25, 2007