Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Make A Wish!

Good day to you!

I was interested on the reason of why we make a wish and blow out the candles on our birthday cakes. 
So I did a little research. 
This is what I found...

The History Of Why We Blow Out Birthday Candles
Putting candles on cakes can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks. It was their special treat to please the goddess of the moon, Artemis. 

They baked round honey cakes to symbolize the moon and decorated with lit candles to represent the moonlight to please him. 

The celebration was enhanced by the idea that the smoke from the flames of the candles would carry an offering up into the sky where they believed Artemis lived.

The tradition of lighting candles for birthdays continued in Europe. Candles were sometimes kept burning all day on a person's birthday, as a celebration and to ward off evil spirits. 

In Germany, one big candle was placed in the middle of the cake. The birthday holiday was known as Kinderfest, a celebration of the holiday but also an occasion to keep careful watch over little ones who were supposedly more vulnerable to evil spirits on that day.

Traditionally, it was believed that the blowing out of candles indicated one's prayers to the gods. The practice of making a silent wish and then attempting to blow out all the candles so the wish might be granted originated from this idea.

Some cultures believe it is bad luck to blow out the candles until after the evening meal is eaten.

Now you know!!

Trying to create a masculine themed card/scrapbook layout is a little challenging for me :(   
No flowers, no ribbon, no flourish can sometimes be somewhat 'boring' to my eyes. So this is what I came up with for my brother's birthday card. 

Scrappy Cat ~ Birthday Wishes, stamp sentiment
ColorBox ~ Chestnut Roan, chalk ink
Signo ~ White, pigment ink pen
We R Memory Keepers ~ Cream Soda, twine
Buttons, patterned paper and raffia ribbon from my stash!

Hope you like my bit of history and the card that inspired it!

Oh, one important sister said she left a comment on a previous post which I did not get any notification to approve (bad google!) 
So if anyone has left comments that were not posted, please know that I would not purposely delete any of your kind and generous comments! 

Thank You for stopping by
Happy Crafting!!

aka The Rebel Blogger

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