Luminaria Supplies

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Luminaria supplies were much different in 18th century Mexico than they are today! The tradition of making luminaries during the Christmas season, and particularly for Christmas Eve, hails from Mexico. The tradition has been in existence for hundreds of years.

When you think of luminaria supplies, you probably think of brown paper bags, votive candles, and sand. Hundreds of years ago, however, luminaria supplies were quite a bit more rustic! Mexicans made small bonfires of fragrant twigs and herbs. This custom spread to the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. New Mexican families would light a small pyre in front of their homes on Christmas Eve.

Eventually, luminaria supplies became a bit more sophisticated. The people of Mexico and New Mexico began making their Christmas luminaries out of colorful paper bags, which they would illuminate with votive candles. They would poke holes into the colorful bags, creating decorative patterns that glowed more brightly than the rest of the bag.

The Trouble with Luminaria Supplies

Of course, it's no longer considered safe or desirable to burn a small bonfire of fragrant twigs in the front yard! Luminaries have come a long way since a few hundred years ago. Personally, however, I think they've come even farther since we were kids!

Let's face it, filling little paper bags with sand, year after year, is a mess! If you live in a snowy climate, it's even worse. The ground is often damp or icy from the inclement weather. Sand spills on the floor and makes a wet, gritty mess. The luminaria look incredibly beautiful when they are completed, but creating them is such a hassle that many families feel they just don't have time for it anymore. That's where modern luminaria supplies come to the rescue.

Clever inventors have created these fabulous plastic luminaria bases that can be used again and again, year after year. You don't have to refill messy bags each winter. You don't have to order your supplies ahead of time. These plastic bases make the entire process quicker, easier, and cleaner than it has ever been.

Modern Luminaria Supplies

Here's how these modern luminaria supplies work: the base is hollow, and made of plastic. You fill this base with water, or sand. Plug the base with its solid, plastic plug, and you're done. You can now use this base year after year, without refilling.

The base comes with a circular indentation in its center, designed to hold a tea light, battery operated candle, or traditional candle. The base perfectly fits traditional luminaria bags, holds the candle more securely than sand, and can be reused year after year. It's so easy that there's simply no excuse for you and your neighbors not to set out beautiful luminaria this Hanukkah or Christmas season.


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