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Old Dec 22, 2008, 12:19 AM   #1
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Every year our children's godmother sends then an advent candle, which burns down through December, running out of wax on Christmas Eve if we get it right. This year's has worked especially well, due to its rectangular design, producing residual wax stalagmites that seem to mereminiscent of the stooping headscarved figures standing aroundin a typical nativity scene.

I took this one yesterday. There are more, posted a few days ago, in the 'Kodak' forum at http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=600109&forum_id=18
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Old Dec 22, 2008, 7:42 AM   #2
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Alan, what a lovely tradition and perfect description of the unique way the candle is melting.
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I love it but have one question. Does the candle burn continuously from the time you first light it or do you just burn a portion of it each day?

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The abstractness of the Nativity scene is quite compelling. You begin to actually guess who's who.

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Old Dec 22, 2008, 12:58 PM   #5
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...Does the candle burn continuously from the time you first light it or do you just burn a portion of it each day?...
Usually we burn it while we're sat around the table at mealtimes. When we're busy sometimes there's a couple of days to catch up, as you'll see if you follow the link above the image. The converse pitfall is to leave it and forget it, when it'll run fast. In principle, onsafety grounds we don't intend to leave it lit and unattended. A well defended, huge one that could burn continuously is obviously possibe but we've never had one. I suppose a church would be a good location.

This year's has been the most entertaining ever , because of its unusual shape. Its donor usually intends to have Christmas lunch with us, but is often too unwell to come. She intends to be with other friends and family this year, and we do hope she successfully gets there.

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Very nice photo Alan. The shapes, colors, exposure, idea and dialogue are all top notch as usual. On behalf of the Bynx family we wish you and yours the merriest Christmas and healthiest of New Years.
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...and to you, too, Bynx & family, and everyone else as well,...

Season's Greetings!
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It seems to have all been said already. Fantastic shot. The more we look at it the more we see. The shapes of the bodys, the faces and other details, and of course the "light" in the middle!!!

To all, from Mugmar, Merry Christmas, happy holiday, and have a fantasic photographic 2009:|

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Christmas has been and gone. Here is the stump of our advent candle, still on the table, now looking more like a globally-warmed melting ice cap than a nativity scene.
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