Monday, December 13, 2010

Advent Day 13

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away.
~Eva Logue


Reading: The tradition of placing candles in your window comes from Ireland. Families hoped that a priest would come to their home to celebrate Christ's birth on Christmas Eve. Families left their doors unlocked and placed lit candles in the window to guide priests through the dark to their warmly lit homes. Today we look at the candlelight as symbols of welcome and hospitality.

Having candles in the windows was one of the things I always wanted to do when I finally had a house. Although we have opted for the electrical type, we have a candle all year around in each of our front windows. They just seem welcoming, even friendly, to me. They give a house a homey look that is full of life. Candles are also wonderful night lights inside and out. At Christmas time, we hang wreaths with red bows in front of every window and the candles shine out from the middle of them.

~ Thank you, my Lord, for such simple things as candlelight and for being the Light, such a welcoming sight that is leading me home to You. ~

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