Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Christmas Traditions – The Candles

Like many traditions, it is hard to pin a time and place on the origination, but the tradition of lighting candles at Christmas continues to this day regardless of where and when it started.

Candles have been used in winter solstice celebrations to signify spring, and candles are at the center of Hanukkah, which is known as the Jewish Festival of Light.

Kwanzaa also uses a special holder called a kinara to hold seven candles that are lit to mark the winter festival.

Records from the Middle Ages indicate that a single large candle was used to represent the Star of Bethlehem. Jesus is often called “The Light of the World” by Christians.

A specially marked, traditionally white Advent candle is used to mark the days leading up to Christmas Eve. Generally, this candle is started on December 1st, and every night around dinner time, it is lit and burned until it burns down to the next day marked on the side of the candle. It is often placed inside a wreath or centerpiece on the table.

Candlelight services are held at churches everywhere on Christmas Eve where people gather to hear the story of the birth of Christ and sing carols.

There was a time that candles were used to decorate Christmas trees, but that tradition was abandoned once electric lights were available to light the tree.

Around the world, the Yule candle is used in Ireland, small oil burning clay lamps on flat roofs decorate the homes of Christians in Southern India and Chinese Christians hang paper lanterns on their Christmas trees. St. Lucia’s day celebrations in Sweden are also decorated with candles.

Another thing that brings light during this wonderful time of the year is the unwrapping of treasured gifts. Here are some handmade gift ideas that will light up the faces of the recipients, so let’s go shopping.

Metal seahorse kumihimo bracelet, glass lined metal beads, the seahorse bracelet

Andrea Designs 

Halloween Earrings, Pumpkin Earrings, Jack O Lantern Earrings

Wyvern Designs 

Halloween Crocheted Maryjanes & Headband Infant Size Pumpkin Buttons 9 12 mo

Magdalene Knits 

Tangerine Crystal Beaded Bracelet with Gold Love Link

Victorian Style Treasures 

Faceted MultiColor Fire Agate 18 inch Graduated Gemstone Necklace


Extinguished Campfire Utah Mountain Camp Site Sticker

Colleen Cornelius 

Golden Sun Earrings, Amber Red Turquoise Boho Handmade Summer Jewelry

Shadow Dog Designs 

Beaded Bracelet, Seed Bead Jewelry, Orange and White, Gift for Her


Fall or Autumn Table Centerpiece Decor

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Orange Fire Agate Statement Short Adjustable Necklace Large Gemstones

The Singing Beader 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Lentil Bead Set, Encased Apricot Raku Frit Silver Shiny

Covergirl Beads 

Bell With Burning Candle Christmas Ornament Handmade from Ash Wood

Kev’s Krafts

Fire Opal Swarovski Crystal Earrings and Necklace Set on Serpentine Chain

Blue Morning Expressions 

In addition to these fantastic gift selections, each of these artists have their own shops filled with more gift ideas, so be sure and stop and shop with each one.
If you see  something you like, buy it now or forever lose it as handmade gifts sell out quickly!

Shop from these additional countdowns and pages:

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 1

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 2

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 3

Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 4

Christmas Traditions – The Candy Cane

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Carols

Christmas Traditions – Christmas Bells

Don’t see the perfect gift? Ask an artist to help you design something.
Shop now!


  1. Another fascinating read, Julie - always look forward to your mid-week post to learn something new and to see all the beauties you feature. Many thanks for including my earrings. Will share the post far and wide and tweet and pin the items. Treats to the Handsome Pup from an Ever Watchful Moose.

  2. Thank you for including my orange agate necklace in this week's blog. The gifts are beautiful and will certainly "light" up someone's life! Sharing...

  3. Hmm...I didn't not know that about candles. Thank you for sharing, Julie and Harry. Also, thank you for including my bracelet. Treats to Harry from the gang.
    Shared here:
    Pinteret -
    Twitter - @dusamae

  4. Thank you for including my kumihimo bracelet in this delightful collection of handmade creations. All of them were shared in Twitter and Pinterest (2019-Gift countdown to Christmas board).
    Enjoyed the reading about the candles.

  5. Great information about the candles. I learn something new every week from you and Harry. Thanks for including my bracelet.
    I have shared on 2 Pinterest boards.

  6. Thank you Julie for featuring my Newborn Halloween Maryjanes & Headband in another wonderful Blog!
    I remember me grandmother telling me about real candles on Christmas Trees 🎄 when she was young. Unfortunately resulting in many fires!

  7. Thank you Julie and Harry for your fascinating information about the lighting ofcandles around the world. And thank you for including my lampwork bead trio among these gorgeous gift ideas.

  8. Thank You for sharing all the Handmade for the Holidays -- and sharing the stories about Candles this Holiday season -- yes, Candles are a central feature for Hanukkah as part of the celebration is about lighting the Candles each night - it "...commemorates the victory of a small group of Jewish rebels (led by Judah Maccabee and his brothers, collectively known as “the Maccabees”) over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "rededication" of the Temple in Jerusalem." - Quote from this article on Hanukkah: --- lighting the candles each night is a celebration of the Miracle of Oil burning for eight days after the rededication of the Temple. I feel it is about religious freedom. ~~~ Also Thank You for sharing my "RSS Designs In Fiber Fall Orange Leaves Mat"!