The Traditions of Christmas Light

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has the light shined ~ Isaiah 9:2

This week we celebrate all the traditions of Christmas. Lights in all forms are a part of that tradition. Enjoy the following bits of folklore surrounding the use of candles, lights and fire to mark this season of faith and charity.

The Yule Log – From Eastern Europe, the Yule log burned throughout the season. It was usually the largest, greenest log available. Servants (and slaves) often soaked it in the creek, because no one had to work as long as it burned. It was said that as the flames consumed the log, they also consumed the mistakes and bad choices of the past year, allowing everyone to start the New Year with a clean slate.

Christmas Candles – Candles are a symbol for almost every religion and culture. Christians recognize the Light of Jesus, Jews celebrate the Festival of Lights, Kwanza has the ceremony of Seven Lights. A candle banishes darkness. Candlelight also beckons the approach of the New Year.

Candles, especially scented ones, were treasured in ancient cultures. They were given as gifts to promote friendship, patronage and prosperity. Candles provided light and heat. They have been used in ceremonies dating back to the Roman Empire, and possibly even earlier.

Candles in the Window – In medieval times, it was thought that the Christ Child wandered around the world, looking for places that would welcome him. Candles were placed in the windows as a symbol to invite him to enter.

Christmas Tree Lights – The tree represents the cross where Christ died, and lights are a symbol of His presence, the Light of the World. May He light your world this Christmas season. They also signify the beauty of the season and the light in our hearts.

As you enjoy the traditions of the Christmas holiday this week, may you be blessed with joy and peace.

God bless you and yours with health, peace, joy, prosperity and light …

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