Lighting Candles on the Dinner Table

The candles on a dinner table should not be lit before dusk. Candles should not be on the table at all if the entire meal is to be consumed during daylight hours.

The reasoning behind this etiquette rule goes back to the days when there was no electricity in the homes. To light a candle while you had the light provided by nature was considered wasteful and extravagant.

Keep this rule in mind when choosing your holiday centerpiece.

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