Traditions/meanings candles in the window. Some may wonder why this topic of candles in the window now. The holiday season is over, right?
There are indeed interesting traditions and meanings of candles in the windows. As an example, they are in homes throughout the year. And guess what, we are one of the homes that leaves candles lit in our windows all year long.
Why Do People Have These in Their Windows Throughout the Year?
As an example, many Bed and Breakfasts have the traditions to light candles in the windows throughout the year. Additionally, this is to help guide travelers to their door. In fact, this announces there are beds available. Incidentally, this sign to welcome guests, quickly spread to hotels, inns and homes.
By the way, this is why traditions/meanings of candles in windows is in our home. We especially like those guests to feel welcome to our home with these lit candles in our windows.
What Does it Mean to Put a Candle in the Window?
Here, the tradition of colonial families is to put a candle lit in the window whenever a family member is away. Generally, communication was letters or a messenger.
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People in Pennsylvania Put Candles in the Window, why?
PA Dutch has the traditions of candles in the windows to signify an offer of sanctuary, a place to sleep and eat. By the way, this signifies if candles burn in the windows, the door is always open.
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Why in Ireland did They Put a Candle in the Window?
Namely, due to religious persecution the Irish people faced, families would find ways to practice their traditions of faith without immediately alerting the British. For example, on Christmas Eve, an Irish family who wanted to have a priest visit their home for sacraments lit a candle in the window.
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How Do We Avoid Extension Cords All Over the House?
When designing our home, we knew we wanted to add the traditions of lit candles in the windows. Therefore, there’s an outlet under every window. Some builders refer to this specifically as the holiday package.
A quick FYI, make sure the candles for windows are not wax because they will melt.
I hope you enjoyed the traditions/meanings candles in the window. Do you use candles in your windows all year too? I’d love to her what you think about having candles in the home all year. I enjoy connecting with my followers.
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35 thoughts on “Traditions/Meanings Candles in the Window”
I didn’t realize that. I have always enjoyed them in the holiday time. Now I have an excuse to keep them up.
I love them. As a matter of fact many neighbors said that’s one of the reasons they moved to outr neighborhood
I did the same thing with the last house we built/remodeled. An outlet under every single window-even in the bathroom. I don’t do the candles in the condo windows as I don’t have the ledge for them. I think I need to figure out a way to do that. I am always a PA girl at heart. xo Diana
I love them!
I love the candles in the window look. So pretty. That is interesting about the candles in the window for the Irish to have the priest come with the sacraments. I just think it gives such a nice colonial look. Have a great week. xoxo
In Ireland if Catholics didn’t do that tge British killed them
I am always interested in hearing about traditions. I love driving by homes that have candles in their windows. It looks so inviting. xo Laura
I love the look of candles in the windows at christmas and all year long!
I have candles on my office window, not real ones, but they feel real. I had no idea, so interesting!
Yes they’re electric
I always leave candles in the windows until MLK weekend when I take down my tree. I think that next year I’ll leave them up all January and maybe even February. Interesting post!
Thanks Tammie. I love having them
I always wondered about that. Thanks for sharing. You are amazing
This is so interesting! I never knew the meaning behind this tradition. I don’t remember seeing it much in the LA area, but in Seattle area it is more prevalent, and of course on the East Coast 🙂
I love them! Thank you
Here’s another one for you. In Wales (before street lights), people would light candles in the windows to guide the men back home from work. During winter, it was dark when they went out and dark when they came home. Candles lit their way all the way home! Great post – pinned!
Interesting. I love learning history
I love the look of candle in the windows. Like you, I leave mine out all winter.
Thank you Paula!
We’ve always had them up during the holidays but now I have a great reason to leave my candles in the window! They do look very welcoming I must say. <3
Thank you! I love them a year
I did not know this about candles in the windows! Love that these are flameless!
Have to be to be in windows. It’s our signature
I’m always afraid of the risk with candles (with pets!) but this is a great solution.
These are electric so they plug in.
I think candles in the windows are so charming. We keep them in the windows all winter long.
I love having them all year. It’s our signature
I knew it was something about welcoming people. But not all of this.
Prostitutes used candles in their windows, too, for a few reasons, one was to measure time spent with client and another was to broadcast availability!
Thanks for all the great information Cindy. I love candles in the windows year round.
Aren’t they awesome!