Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Gift of Ambiance

You know, ambiance can have a lot to do with setting the tone for romance. “What’s that?” you ask. Well, according to, ambiance is “the mood, character, quality, tone, atmosphere, etc., particularly of an environment or milieu: The restaurant had a delightful ambiance.” Ah, yes, how did we ever survive without the Internet to tell us things? Sorry, I digress.

You know, telling your wife you love her at your kid’s ball game doesn’t have the same affect that telling her the same thing, in the same tone would, sitting over a candlelight supper in a nice little restaurant somewhere. That ball game just isn’t a very romantic place, no matter how romantic you are trying to be.

So, if you want to spend some romantic time with your wife, it helps to create a romantic environment in which to do so. There are lots of things that can be part of creating that environment; many of which you probably already have in the house. Some places are just naturally romantic, like sitting in front of a fireplace (preferably with a fire in it), or sitting on a hillside, watching the sun set, or walking hand in hand down the beach. But, what I’m talking about here is something where you can create a romantic ambiance in any room of your house.

I’m not really sure what there is about candles that create a romantic mood. Maybe it’s just that they tend to draw us close to themselves, which makes us draw close to each other. Or, maybe it’s that the lower light tends to hide imperfections in us, making everyone seem more beautiful. Whatever it is, we don’t need to understand it as much as take advantage of it.

It’s been a while since you bought a gift for your wife, so why not buy her some candles? Pick something out that goes with the décor in the room where you are going to create the romantic ambiance. If you have formal décor in your living room, you might want to find some nice candlestick holders. On the other hand, if you’re more likely to use it in the bedroom, you might want to buy some of those short, fat candles. The nice thing about those is that they are usually scented.

The idea is to have something that you can use when and where you want to create a romantic moment. That candle can become a symbol for you. When one of you lights it, that means it’s time for just the two of you; no kids, no television, and especially no in-laws.

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