Candles have been indispensable to our winter festivities going back millennia. The ancient Romans gave each other gifts of candles at their December Saturnalia festival. Referred to as the “best of days” by the poet Catullus, it was a time of gifts and banquets when people put aside their differences to celebrate together.
From the earliest Christmas ceremonies, candles have had a special role in the meaning and significance of the celebrations, symbolising the light of the world from the start of the Christmas period, in the cold darkness of winter, to the aptly named Candlemas feast forty days later.
Starting in the Middle Ages, artisan candle makers known as chandlers would go door to door selling their wares, and lighting candles in the windows of your home to welcome friends, strangers and weary travellers in the dark weeks of December became a commonplace tradition in many parts of Europe.
Candles have had a central place in many other traditions as well, representing wisdom, reason, hope, compassion, overcoming adversity and remembering the past.
As you can see, since ancient antiquity candles have taken centre stage in our traditions when it comes to winter and Christmas celebrations, so why not keep those traditions alive by giving yourself or someone you care about the gift of a hand-crafted luxury scented candle that embodies the finest aspects of that fascinating and richly meaningful history?
So light up your Christmas table this year with a flame that’s been passed down through the ages.