Do you do this? We do. I always thought it was a coal region thing (my family is from Mt. Carmel and Shamokin). But I understand now that the bayberry candle tradition is a tradition for many heritages.
I realize that this has nothing to do with IEPs, but here it is. Every year I give these to a few people, and I hate just handing them a candle and explaining it to them. So I made up a printable. A good printable shouldn’t go to waste, or be stored some place on my computer where I cannot find it next year. Here it is, Both the image and printable (pdf) document.
Bayberry Candle Tradition
This is from Coal Region Connections on Facebook:
BURNING A BAYBERRY CANDLE ON CHRISTMAS EVE and NEW YEARS EVE HAS BEEN A COAL REGION TRADITION FOR GENERATIONS.
Bayberry candles are usually olive green in color & have a nice scent that permeates the house. Bayberry candles have been around in North America since Colonial times. Legend has it the burning of bayberry candles during the Yuletide Season would bring wealth & good luck throughout he New Year. May this legend come true for you.
On Christmas Eve and New Years Eve a tapered bayberry candle like those pictured below is burned. Trim each wick to a maximum length of 3/8″ before lighting. Failure to do so could lead to improper burning.
You usually light the candle when the 1st star appears. Most important, you must time the lighting of the candle so it will stay light until after midnight. Again, legend has it that will bring a year of prosperity and good fortune to the house.
For those attending candlelight church services on Christmas Eve or those heading out to party New Year’s Eve, be sure to burn the candle carefully–on a dish inside a kitchen sink. DO NOT extinguish the candle (that’s bad luck). It must be allowed to burn out on its own. If the candle burns down to the socket, abundance will then bless everyone in your home.
If this good luck tradition is new to you, it’s not to late to buy a pair of bayberry candles & seek out a special friend to do an exchange. May this good luck legend come true for you.
Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas. May wealth & good luck make yours a truly Happy New Year.
Here is the free Bayberry Candle Tradition printable. Simple, tells the story and has the poem.
I hope you like this bayberry holiday tradition as much as I do. It’s simple, meaningful, and easy to do.
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