I know you probably don’t want to be thinking about Advent yet but i am thinking that far ahead and i’ll tell you the reason why.
We’ve never had a proper advent-wreath-candle-holder-thingy before…. usually i’ve made my own with bits of metal wire and tinsel and by scooping up an assortment of candles and bits of candles that have been gathering dust around the house throughout the year…..but THIS year I am determined to have a proper Advent Candle Wreath that doesn’t fall apart and that even has all the right coloured candles, just for a change.
So with this in mind i did an online search, found the cheapest pillar candle Advent Wreath holder – my OCD nature won’t allow me to trust tapered candles not to wobble over and set fire to the table cloth in our kitchen, where the wreath shall be placed and remain throughout Advent and Christmas – and so I ordered one Advent Candle Holder Frame.
I didn’t want to purchase the candles for it from the same place as i wanted to get a lower price on them, so i ordered the frame only.
Just the frame.
And it came within 48 hours.
But it came buried under a stack of green foam lumps…which disconcerted me somewhat since i am trying to do my bit to recycle and cut down the contents of my wheelie bin (which is now only emptied once a fortnight).
I dare say if i was super frugal, i could keep the green lumps and re-use them for packaging items or for stringing together an ingenious Christmas tree garland….but i didn’t ask for them and i don’t want them! Some businesses use inflated plastic bags as packaging filler, these can be deflated easily and take up very little space in the bin, but green lumps?
Of course, I want my purchases to arrive safely and intact, but is it really necessary to use so much packaging for one item…For the first 10 seconds after opening the parcel i couldn’t even FIND the item i had ordered as it was buried under 4 inches of foam (with an equal quantity below it).
So off to the bin the green lumps go….i am endeavouring to de-clutter my home and I don’t want any more junk accumulating in the house!
Thankfully the box can go in the gardening refuse wheelie bin or else be used for storing items.