Family, Parenting

Sarah’s Invitation: A Weekly Candle Hour for Families


Earth Hour was observed two weeks ago on March 29, when millions of people agreed to turn off their lights for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time.

This week on “Sunday with Sarah” I share my own experience participating in Earth Hour and have a proposal for you.

Click on the link above to view the video and let me know what you think!

Below are some of the photos submitted for our Earth Hour Photo Contest. Many thanks to all who participated and shared!

by Aimee Canterbury

Winning Photo by Aimee Canterbury


by Sarah Baldwin

Washing Dishes by Candlelight by Sarah Baldwin


Family Reading by Candlelight by Phyllis Meredith

Family Reading by Candlelight by Phyllis Meredith


Painting by Candle Light by Allison Pennell

Painting by Candle Light by Allison Pennell


Bedtime Reading - Earth Hour by Shel Frolich Tscherne

Bedtime Reading – Earth Hour by Shel Frolich Tscherne


Earth Hour - Family Togetherness by dreadpirateautumn via Instagram

Earth Hour – Family Togetherness by dreadpirateautumn via Instagram

What do you think of my idea? Ready to commit? Willing to give it a try? Think it’s nice idea, but impractical? Please let me know your thoughts (and share your own photos, if you’re so inspired!).




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  • Reply dolores April 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Oh my goodness what a beautiful idea………………..great for the environment and a wonderful gift for souls. Bless you………..dolores thank you

  • Reply Ashlee April 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    This is a lovely idea! My children go to bed before the sun does, so I will be doing it by myself. Sunday nights are when I do my planning for the week, I think a perfect time to light some candles and focus on what’s truly important. Thank you!

  • Reply Amy Jackson April 13, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I’m wondering if we could do it end more often than that. I will definitely do it this week when my 7 year old granddaughter comes for a sleepover. She will love it. And the next week, after she gets her Easter basket with the little beeswax hen candle from Bella Luna she can do it again at home. I’m loving this idea.

  • Reply Jessica Benavente April 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I’m in. Sunday is perfect. :)

  • Reply Jen Yanover April 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

    How lovely. We’re in. Sundays it is.

  • Reply Angela April 14, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Great idea! We have been thinking about and preparing to start a weekly Sabbath. We are focusing upon the preparation and evening meal first and this would fit in perfectly with that. Don’t you love when a great idea comes up to fill into what you have already been ruminating on?

  • Reply Chris April 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    This is lovely. Thank you for sharing and inspiring others. I live in the bush, and our village has a large centralized generator for electricity, which sometimes stops working and we can lose electricity for hours or days at a time. A family who has lived here a long time has a weekly tradition of using candles and flashlights from sunset through their children’s bedtime. This has a practical purpose of helping them to make sure that they always have candles, matches, flashlights, extra batteries, etc. on hand and that they know where they are and keep them readily accessible. It also helps their children become familiar with using candles and flashlights, and to not be scared or concerned when the electricity goes out. They make it their weekly family game night and play board or card games by candlelight. We are going to start this tradition in our family, too.

  • Reply Loraine April 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    What a lovely idea! I would like to try this. Where would I get something like that gorgeous metal luminary you have there? Seems magical.

  • Reply Anna Merritt April 15, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    We’re in! We LOVED participating in Earth Hour and have done it again several times. Sunday nights will be the perfect night to add this lovely ritual to the rhythm…

  • Reply Sarah August 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Just found this today but what a marvelous idea. I am in!

  • Reply Rebecca March 21, 2016 at 3:11 am

    This is a wonderf idea. Yes, it is great whe kindred spirits unite to to benefit humanity. May our creativity continue to bless us all.

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