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Waxing away the holidays

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DEL MAR (CBS 8) - Candles have traditionally been a festive part of any holiday celebration.

And since 1928, one Del Mar family has been handcrafting their own pure beeswax candles.

The story you are about to hear is just a bunch of beeswax and begins in the 1920s when a rare bird by the name of Fred Knorr immigrated to San Diego from Russia.

"He came out to Del Mar and bought 20 acres here to keep bees and raise a family of five kids," Steve Knorr said.

Today, tucked away in a cozy compound along Via De La Valle, the Knorr family is still hand-rolling, their all-natural, 100 percent pure beeswax candles.

"They don't smoke, they don't drip, they burn longer," Steve said.

When it comes to wax, Steve Knorr knows all the facts.

"I worked for my grandfather. He paid me 25 cents an hour," he said.

And he's not above giving a rookie a chance to get hands-on.

It's the stylish sculpted candle that has become the Knorr trademark.

Over 30 different colors of beeswax candles are sold in their festive gift shop, many fashioned in decorative holiday style.

Knorr candles have graced the White House for at least three administrations. A thank you note from Mamie Eisenhower hangs on the shop wall, and the first family of flame still lives and works on a portion of the original property, hand-rolling 300,000 to 400,000 pounds a year.

Now that, my friends, is a bunch of beeswax.

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