What Does the Christmas Candle Represent?

December 18, 2018

Traditionally, candles have been associated with Christmas for a number of centuries. They are recognised as different symbols of Christmas throughout many different countries and events. Let’s explore what candles at Christmas have represented over the years!

One of the oldest recordings of candles being used at Christmas was during the ancient Winter solstice as a reminder that the season of Spring was on its way. Also, during the Middle Ages, a large candle would be lit to symbolise the star of Bethlehem; Jesus is often referred to as ‘The Light of the World’ which links to the flame of a candle.

This is thought the be the first link between candles and Christmas because, from there, it is thought to have started the ritual of the Advent wreath and Advent candles. There are four candles of Advent positioned around a wreath and one in the middle; each candle is lit every Sunday of Advent and the fifth candle in the middle is lit on Christmas day.

Each Advent candle has a different symbol: the first one represents God’s people and is considered as the Candle of Hope; the second one represents The Old Testament Prophets and is considered as the Candle of Peace; the third one represents John the Baptist and is considered as the Candle of Love; and the fourth one represents Mary the Mother of Jesus and is considered as the Candle of Joy. Finally, the fifth one represents the birth of Jesus Christ. This links back to one of the first reports of candles being used at Christmas and how Jesus is seen as ‘the Light of the World’.

It seems that candles have always represented Christmas throughout the centuries, so why not carry on this tradition with our Christmas scented candles – We have a range of seasonal candles for you to choose from.