The Significance of Bayberry Candles
The berry of the Bay Tree is often used in the fragrant candles lit every
Christmas. Legend has it that the Bay Tree gave shelter to the holy family
during a storm. Therefore, lightning is said to never strike it.
Sweethearts who light Bayberry candles when they are separated at
Christmas time will supposedly be united by way of the gentle scent.
Bayberry candles are also burned to ensure wealth and happiness
throughout the following year. They can be placed in the window,
or on the dining table at sunset, and burned until they go out by
themselves. Another pair can be set upon the mantle and lit at the
beginning of the Yule ceremony.
....so now I understand WHY my late father used to trot around the
week before Christmas, delivering a slew of green Bayberry
Candles to friends, family, and business associates. We always had
those green candles coming out our ears, until he finished with
his rounds. In his day, a box of Bayberry twin candles cost
probably 50 cents.
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