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The Bayberry Candle Tradition


Need a little luck and prosperity in your life, rumor has it that burning a bayberry candle on Christmas Eve will bring you just that and boy could we all use a little wealth and prosperity - right!


How to burn your bayberry candle. You should not extinguish the candle yourself (bad luck!); it should burn until after midnight down to the nub and go out on its own.

The legend of the bayberry candle says that “A bayberry candle burnt to the socket brings food to the larder and gold to the pocket.”

Whether the folklore is true or not, the story behind this Christmas tradition gives us a bit of history as to what life was like in colonial times.

While taper candles were the traditional bayberry candle shape back then, you can find real bayberry candles in just about any shape today.


Gifting Bayberry Candles to Friends

Often, two friends will exchange a pair of bayberry candles and recite a poem. This too is a significant tradition. During the candle exchange, each would recite the poem below. If this good luck tradition is new to you, it’s not too late to buy bayberry candles and seek out a special friend to do an exchange. May this good luck legend come true for you.

Read this when you exchange candles and again when you light them:

These bayberry candles come from a friend. So on Christmas Eve & New Years Eve burn it down to the end. For a bayberry candle burned to the socket will bring joy to the heart & gold to the pocket.


Wishing you all the best this holiday season, may wealth and good luck make yours a prosperous and Happy New Year.

xo Caroline

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