|Candle Photo By By Elmar Ersch (Own work)|
[CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
This year for Christmas in Different Lands each post is exploring some aspect of Christmas in at least three different continents. Today we are looking at candles. How do you use candles at Christmas time? With electricity there are not as many uses as there once was but some are still used for special events. In New England often there are single candles (and for some multiple candles) in the windows of a house or church. I shared a bit about Christmas in New England last year.
|Picture of New England Church during Advent|
|Advent Wreath By Jonathunder (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons|
|Kalenderlys By Zoizit (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
|Christingle By Timmywimmy at English Wikipedia |
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|Candle on Tree By Gerbil (Own work) |
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|Schwibbogen By Klaaschwotzer (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons|
|Christmas Pyramids in Germany By Lamm1970 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
In the Philippines they have Christmas parols or star shaped lanterns to light the way to church or town.
|Traditional Parols By Eugene Alvin Villar (seav) |
(Self-photographed) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
More modern parols are now electric and very colorful.
|Parols for Sale By Keith Bacongco (Lanterns anyone?) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
In Mexico the children are given candles to parade in the streets during the Posadas. The children parade with a statue or people representing Mary and Joseph searching for a room at the inn. They knock on several doors seeing if there is room and there is not until they come to the appointed house for the night.
|Posadas Procession By Marrovi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
In Finland there are often lanterns hung from the trees of cemeteries since people often like to visit the graves of loved ones and leave the lights there. They also make ice lanterns to light the way due to the early darkness in some parts.
|Ice Lantern in Finland By Anneli Salo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
In parts of Norway it is tradition to light a candle every from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day. In Iceland children often receive candles as presents. In Lithuania some people light a candle at their dinner table Christmas Eve in remembrance for a person who has passed away. In Sweden girls wear a crown of candles for St. Lucia's Day celebrations (December 13th). In India oil lamps are placed in windows by some Christians.
|St. Lucia's Day in Sweden By Stefan Källroos (Own work) |
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|Farolitos, old mission church, Jemez State Monument, New Mexico By Larry Lamsa |
(Farolitos, Jemez SpringsUploaded by PDTillman) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons