2016 is the eighth year of Candletime, the holiday I made up in 2009 to stop Christmas from pushing back to Halloween. It celebrates the concept of coziness at home (called hygge in Scandinavian languages) just for its own merits.

Candletime runs from November 1 through the day before American Thanksgiving (November 23rd this year). (But you can stop whenever you want to. How am I going to know?)

To celebrate, when you come home at night, light some candles (or use electric candles) and sit enjoying the sparkly light while drinking a beverage of your choice. Popular beverage choices include tea, hot cider, cold cider, water, wine, beer, hot cocoa, coffee, soda, and bourbon. Candletime can be celebrated alone or with others, and you can observe as many days of the holiday period as you choose.

You can blow out the candles whenever you want (they don’t have to burn down on their own). 

If you want to post pictures of your candles and/or beverages, use the hashtag #candletime


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