As the land on the farm was cleared in the teens and twenties, loads of basalt rock was removed and constructed into a stone wall that lines the perimeter of our farm. About six or seven years ago, Steve thought it would be a nice tradition to line the rock wall with luminaries on Christmas Eve. What began with ten to fifteen luminaries has grown into a tradition of one hundred luminaries lining a portion of the wall.
An operation of making candles over our wood stove begins in November. Friends and family give us lots of leftover candle wax throughout the year.
We’ve found that empty Brown Cow and Mountain High yogurt containers work the best. Thank-you Brown Cow.
Here are some candles, ready to go.
Steve and our kids have mastered folding down 100 paper sacks,
which are then delivered through the window to be filled with sand from the sandbox (ever so careful to avoid the cat poo…).
When the sun is setting, the four of us bundle up and light the luminaries, illuminating the rock wall around the farm and in so doing, spreading a little holiday cheer among our corner of Rogers Mesa.
Happy Holidays to all from Ela Family Farms.