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Christmas Candles from whychristmas.com by James Cooper

There are many different reasons why candles are associated with Christmas, although no one knows when they first became connected!

They were used during ancient winter solstice celebrations a way of remembering that spring would soon come.

One of the earliest records of candles being used at Christmas is from the middle ages, where a large candle was used to represent the star of Bethlehem. Jesus is sometimes called 'the Light of the World' by Christians. This might have started the custom of the Advent Crown and Advent Candles.

Candles are also used during Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of light which is also celebrated during winter. During the eight nights of Hanukkah, a candle is lit in a special menorah (candelabra) called a 'hanukkiyah'.

Candles are also used in the modern winter festival Kwanzaa, where a special candle holder called a kinara, that holds seven candles is used.

Perhaps the most famous use of candles at Christmas are Carols by Candlelight Services. These are services when the church is only lit by candles.

Candles were also originally used to decorate Christmas Trees, until safer electric lights were invented!

In some parts of Ireland, it was traditional to have a Yule candle instead of a Yule Log.

In Southern India, Christians often put small oil burning clay lamps on the flat roofs of their homes to celebrate Christmas. Christians in China use paper lanterns to decorate their Christmas trees. Candles are also used as part of the St. Lucia's or St. Lucy's day celebrations in Sweden.

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grandmapegs

PG, I really liked the candle brooches, glad you enjoyed them as well. You are welcome.
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You've outdone yourself again with this beautiful puzzle. I love all the candles and the whole puzzle was wonderful. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

grandmapegs

Dotty, so glad had a happy surprise and found one you missed. You are so welcome.

dotshell

I loved these candles and all the holly, Peg! I can't believe I missed this the other day. So nice to find some surprises. Love the color combinations in all the frames. Thanks! Dotty

grandmapegs

Nine Days is NOT enough time to be ready. Of course,not being ready hasn't stopped one of my Christmas' from coing yet.

Trish237

Thanks Grandmapegs - great selection of candles here :) I love scented candles, and because I don't have a real fir tree I often burn one that is supposed to emulate the scent, not sure it does but I still associate it with Christmas. Only 9 days to go!

grandmapegs

Thanks, sparkles, Christmas hugs to you, also. ⁂☆¸.•*•.¸☆⁂ (✬‿✬) ⁂☆¸.•*•.¸☆⁂

brightspark

lovely collage and beautiful borders xx x xmas hugs

grandmapegs

Dunnett, experimenting. With so much red and green, I didn't want the borders to all the same and confusing, or even frustrating, so threw in a few rounded ones to soften all the red and green edges. Found them to work real well. Thank you for your nice comments and you are welcome.

grandmapegs

New Deal, tis the season . . You are welcome

It makes sense that candles are used in the long dark nights of winter. Interesting that a necessity for light became connected to religious symbolism. Another super collection of brooches. O Monarch of the Borders. I particularly like the way you have rounded the corners. Thank you for a super solve.

Very nice and Christmas-y. Thanks, gradmapegs.