Christmas is the season of lights, and Christmas candles have always been a big part of the Christmas season.
The tradition of placing Christmas candles in windows dates from the beginning of Christianity. A large candle was lit on Christmas Eve, symbolizing Christ, the light of the world. It burned throughout the night to mark the nativity–lighting the way for Mary and Joseph. This ancient custom continues today in European countries such as France, England, Ireland and Denmark.
Current uses of Christmas Candles.
There are a few common uses of the Christmas Candle. Historically, the Christmas candle is a single large candle that is lit on Christmas Eve to burn throughout the night. Its representation is usually Christ, “The Light of the World,” but it can also represent the star of Bethlehem. People in some countries place the Christmas candle in the middle of an Advent wreath with four smaller candles around the wreath. Each of the small candles is lit every week that leads up to Christmas then the large Christmas candle is lit on Christmas Eve.
Many people hold on to the tradition of placing a Christmas candle in each front window of their houses as a welcoming symbol of friendship.
Germans used to place their Christmas candles on the shelves of wooden pyramids in their homes. Today, they place their electric candles on their Christmas trees.
Giving Christmas Candles as Gifts.
In the 1800s, grocers and candle makers in England gave loyal customers a large Christmas candle as Christmas gifts. Today, Christmas candles continue to be a great gift at Christmas. With the Christmas candles’ variety of scents, shapes and sizes, the giver can always give a unique gift. Of course, the Christmas candle’s history and traditions make it a popular gift idea.
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