Irish Tradition: Candle in the Window
As a child one of my favourite traditions was lighting a candle on Christmas Eve and placing it in the window. As the youngest child in our house, I got to light the candle every year. My father said it was to welcome baby Jesus and let him know there was room in “this inn”. I believe the tradition relates to the sixteenth century and penal times when the Irish people weren’t allowed practice their religion.
Today, it is still very Irish to light a candle to let others know we are thinking of them and holding light for them when they are going through difficult times, be it an exam, a medical procedure. The candle has helped many pass their driving test!
I still light a candle every Christmas Eve and place it in the window. It symbolises the spirit of the season, the Winter Solstice (December 21st), the darkest day of the year has passed and already the days are getting brighter.
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