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The Holly Candle | Greeting Card


Chestnuts roasting by an open fire, while chipmunks write notes of holiday cheer. Isn't that how the song goes?


  • Olive green envelope
  • Blank interior
  • Story printed on the back
  • Single Card ~or~ Boxed Set of 4


Story Behind the Drawing

Forest chipmunks have many holiday traditions, the most important of which is the lighting of the Holly Candle. First, the candle is formed from beeswax collected during the summer months. Once complete, the candle is placed in a candle holder (discovered long ago by their ancestors), and holly seeds are planted next to it. When December arrives, the chipmunks light the candle each night, celebrating and dancing in the glowing, moving shadows cast by the leaves. It is also traditional to spend time writing letters (typically consisting of paw prints and the occasional berry juice painting) for family members to open on Christmas Day.