There is an old colonial tradition of burning a bayberry candle on Christmas Eve. Often these very special bayberry candles were given to a friend with a little couplet that says:
"This bayberry candle comes from a friend
so on Christmas eve burn it down to the end.
For a bayberry candle burned to the socket,
will bring joy to the heart and gold to the pocket."
Bayberry wax was chosen because usually poorly burning tallow candles were used for everyday use. Bayberry was and still is considered special because it takes nearly 18 pounds of bayberries to make 1 pound of wax! Meanwhile, in Ireland it was the custom to leave a candle in the window to welcome the Christ Child and the Holy Family on Christmas Eve. During penal times it became a means of telling priests in hiding that a Catholic family was in that home.
We have brought these two traditions together with the Bayberry Christmas Eve Candle. This is not a bayberry scented candle but one made of real bayberry wax. Each candle is packaged in a white gift box along with a high quality silver-colored brass candlestick imported from Italy, and comes with a little booklet describing the origins of the traditions. It makes a great gift for relatives, friends and pastors!
The candle is 6" tall and made of bayberry wax mixed with beeswax to help prevent the candle from breaking (since bayberry wax is very brittle). The burn time is approx. 5-6 hours, and, depending on the area in which the candle is burned, it is nearly drip free.
"Keep Christ in Christmas and may the Light of Christ ever burn in your hearts."