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Friday, 9 December 2016

Daily Ideas for Christmas From Your Ancestors - 15 - Light a candle in your window!

Let it burn all day!

'Among the Christmas customs that have entirely fallen into disuse may be mentioned the Xmas candle, which was lighted in most houses on Christmas morning, and allowed to burn undisturbed until the close of day.'

North Wales Chronicle 25th December 1886

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  1. seems to me it should be a 'white candle'. I am not sure of the origins of 'white', but I seem to remember something to do with Pagan, or Druids, or Celts.

    But it was always a white one

  2. Thanks 'Unknown' - on the strength of this comment, I've changed the image!