I love Shabbat candles. I do. And I even like Chanukah candles. However, the wax is driving me insane.
I have half a mind to switch to oil candles, but (a) I just don't think they're as pretty and (b) better the devil I know than the devil I don't. Who knows what problems oil candles have??
I would like some advice: How do you remove candle wax? And I mean from every surface imaginable: wooden tables, candlesticks, countertops, carpet, small animals. (Just kidding on that last part...or am I?)
One fantastic piece of advice someone gave me when I was hunting for my second hannukiah (Chanukah menorah): Get pewter instead of silver. It looks very similar to silver (prettier, in my opinion), but doesn't require polishing! That's one less annoying task you need to do when you have 40 other errands breathing down your neck and 8 hours before Shabbat/Yom Tov begins.
Also, invest in drip cups. I only have disposable foil drip cups now, but I used to have metal ones. In retrospect, I guess metal drip cups defeat the purpose of a drip cup since I'm just removing the wax from a different metal surface! Granted, they were very pretty, but were lost in a move several years ago. I found the disposable drip cups in the "kosher" section of my grocery store for less than $3/box for a 6 month supply, assuming you change them every week, which I don't. Also, I should have looked harder for hannukiah drip cups this year because it would have made my life easier. C'est la vie.
And it's a little late, but here is a picture of my hannukiah on the 8th night!