Christmas Candles are one of the most recognizable symbols of the Christmas festival and season, religious or secular. Candles are even used at the time of the Jewish Festival of light, Hanukkah, which is also revered during winter. Throughout Hanukkah and its eight nights, a single candle is lit in a special candelabra or menorah called a ‘hanukkiyah’.
Candles signify different things in different religions. Lighting candles on Christmas is an old tradition. The tradition of lighting candles on Christmas comes from the Jewish ‘Feast of Lights’ or Hanukkah. The first mention of Advent occurred in the 300’s A.D at a meeting of church leaders called the Council of Sargossa.
Advent is the season of preparation for Christmas. During these four weeks, an Advent Wreath is traditionally used to represent aspects of spiritual preparation leading up to the birth or coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
In Scandinavian countries, keeping the Yule Candle burning was very important. In Scotland, it was believed that if the Christmas candle finishes before midnight, it meant a great disaster would happen to the family. In Ireland, people use to make their candles so very big that the candleholders have to be carved out of large turnips to be used as candlesticks.