Well, I absolutely LOVE traditions, especially easy and meaningful ones, and since yesterday was Dec. 1st, I was anxious to get started right away on this one. Since I didn't have the store-bought candle that she had, I improvised. When I got home last night it was already pretty late. I quickly found a fun candy cane striped candle I had found on clearance last year. It is 12 inches tall. So I grabbed a ruler, and with a Sharpie marker made markings down the candle every 1/2 inch. I could have numbered them, but I didn't bother. I had my very own advent candle, and I think it looks pretty terrific, if I do say so myself.
We had our few minutes of Christmas songs and stories while the candle burned down last night before the kids got to bed. It worked out perfectly.
Thanks for the great idea, Myra! This tradition is a keeper!