For millennia people have lit candles on their windowsills, especially in the cold months of winter. The meaning of a candle in the window is different across cultures, religions and through time, but no matter what the reason, the candle in a window gives light and warmth to otherwise cold nights.
In some instances, a family may light a candle in the window for a family member who is away. The candle can serve as a beacon so your loved ones will always find their way back home. Similarly, a candle in the window was also a sign for weary travellers looking for a place to stay that rooms for rent were available at that home. During times of religious oppression in Ireland, a candle in the window during Christmas was a sign to priests that they were welcome in that house. There are so many lovely stories about the history of candles around the world, share with us below if you have a favourite!
The tradition of burning a candle in the window continues in many homes today. It can be seen as a way of combating darkness, of the night, of the winter, and of the world. It is also a sign of welcome and sharing your light with neighbours. Whether your drive is completely personal like a symbolic family custom or something you do in memoriam of a loved one, the result is that you are spreading feelings of warmth, comfort and light and creating a connection with those who see it.
When burning a candle in your window this holiday season there are several things to remember. Ensure that the candle can be safely burned on the windowsill and there are no hanging drapes or other flammable objects nearby. As well keep in mind that the cold from the window can affect how your candle burns. If there is no draft, candlesticks will be affected by the cold the least, and have the traditional look. Tealights and Votives are great choices as well, though you may find they leave a little wax behind if they are in a cool space.