Christmas candles lend a feeling of nostalgia and joy to the Christmas celebrations. Christmas candles from the past have been associated with Christmas.
Christmas candles are used for decorations purposes like decorating the Christmas trees and for symbols that represent the light of god especially Christ. Christmas candles were originally used for lighting Christmas trees before the advent of electric lights. In Denmark and other European countries people even to this day use Christmas candles to decorate Christmas trees.
Christmas candles play the most important role during the advent, which means coming in Latin. It means the coming of Christ. The advent period is a four-week period, which begins from the 1st of December and ends on the day of Christmas that is the 25th of December. People during this time fast and make good use of this period as a time of reflection.
For counting down to the Christmas day in advent two types of Christmas candles are used. The first Christmas candle looks like a normal candle and is marked on the candle the days up to Christmas. From the 1st of December to the rest of the days the Christmas candle is lit and burnt down to the first line of the candle.
The tradition of bringing Christmas trees in every home and decorating it beautifully first began in Germany. This tradition of the Christmas tree gradually spread throughout Europe. Candles were replaced with bon-fires as a symbol for the returning sun. The magic of the Christmas tree illuminated with candles was to assure a steady supply of light and heat from the sun.
In ancient times the candles were placed on a wooden pyramid structure with shelves called the light stock or Christmas pyramid. This pyramid stood next to the Paradise tree. This candleholder was also decorated with tinsel, paper or cloth roses, and a star was usually placed on top. A few years later both these Christmas candles were combined. The Christmas tree today is a combination of the Paradise tree and the Christmas pyramid.