A couple of years ago, I discovered a wonderful thing: how to get the used up, burnt down candle stub out of a glass votive holder. Just put a little water into the clean holder before setting a candle in it. Even a few drops of water will work, although I usually put in a spoonful.
No running hot water over the stubborn wax plug for minutes on end. Or prying it up with a knife. No cursing, fumbling or crying necessary. The old candle bit pops right out.
The non-witches among us will be astonished by how much joy this brings. But any pagan worth their salt has spent hours cleaning wax out of candle holders. And the carpet. And the cat.
I could use those extra hours. There’s always some bit of witchcraft to be worked.
Or I could start in on the wax in the carpet.
Here’s wishing you a frustration-free 2010!