Fire and Ice: An Ice and Candle Centerpiece

Candles are hot for the holidays. Here’s a cool ritual to make the most of their symbolic beauty.

| November/December 2005

Combining the elements of earth and air, this beautiful display of fiery candles amid ice is elemental magic at its most basic. As you watch the flickering flames and ice melting, reflect on winter’s beauty and mystery—and share stories of what you most enjoy about the season.

1. Gather your favorite evergreens. Choose a few cuttings each of holly with berries, juniper with berries, cedar, spruce, and pine branches.

2. Pour water into a rectangular plastic container until it’s half full. Place 3 to 7 beeswax candles (about three to four inches tall and 2 to 4 inches wide) in the water.

3. Add the evergreens and berries in the container in a pleasing arrangement around the candles. Cover the greens with water so they’ll appear to float once frozen.

4. Place in the freezer a few hours (or outdoors if it’s cold enough) until frozen solid.

5. Slide out the rectangular block of ice, with greens frozen inside, onto a fireproof plate or old cookie sheet covered with foil.

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