A candle in the window

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A candle in a window can mean a number of things. It can signify waiting for a loved one to return home. It can mean a warm fire and good food is waiting or announce the birth of a child. To me it means coming home to a place filled with goodness and comfort. I’ve lived all over the place as MrD had to change duty stations quite a bit while in the Air Force. New England is so charming because they have a year round tradition of lighting the candle in the window. Some are drawn to that area just for that reason.

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My little community of Old Salem, NC that I talk about quite often is dotted about with a few homes that celebrate with a candle in the window. It’s pretty shining both night and day. I use to have candles in all my windows and keep them on all the time. I’m thinking about doing that again. I will be the only one in my neighborhood that does unless I can talk Gail, Almeda, and Mary Ann in to doing the same. You know—Gail may have one—do you?

100_9844( no candle but I couldn’t resist the geraniums and the pretty cyclamen in the window)

I love to walk in  my neighborhood at night and look at the lights twinkling from the life inside. Do you do that? Do you take walks at the evening edge and gather peace from the warmth of a neighbor’s home? I am so fond of neighborhoods and communities that display their welcome faces. I think a candle in the window is a friendly gesture that says—we are in our home making memories by the hearths of our hearts.

My hearth and book nookEnlarge the photo—-From my hearth to yours———–big hugs.

I hope you are making memories at the hearth of your heart. I’m not at my computer consistently this week but if you would like to leave a comment about today’s article, I’ll be checking in periodically and would enjoy hearing your comments.

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11 comments on “A candle in the window

  1. Anna,

    I’m curious if you know where one could purchase electric candle like the ones you have pictured in your window above? My family is amazingly fond of Old Salem, and my mother LOVES those candles. Every time I visit she points them out and talks about how she’d love to find them. I’m at a loss for what to even search for. Didn’t know if you possibly knew of a source?

    TIA,
    Nich

  2. Yes, Anna, I too LOVE candles and do have electric real beeswax Moravian Lovefeast window candles that I have collected over the years. One of the greatest cities in which to “beak” as your English friend put it, is Charleston, SC. One of my favorite things to do is walk after dark there, inhaling the heady floral fragrances and look in windows!!!
    I’ve only been to Charleston once but do want to go back. So you have electric beeswax candles? Where did you get them? I want some. I love looking over at your house—it is very charming. I was wondering if you had your art show today, the 16th–and how did it go? I couldn’t come cause my son still has my car. Hope you do well with it.

  3. Deepest , darkest Lincolnshire guiding the family home is great – but all those electric candles wasting energy, global warming, and all those batteries laden with toxic chemicals that get dumped in landfill?? My mother grew up in Cornwall, and a candle burning at the window to guide the family home on a dark night is a gracious idea from days gone by. Look at one of those satellite pictures of the dark side of the earth and see all the electric lights BLAZING away. I dunno.

  4. I love this idea…though I don’t keep a candle burning( although Id love to, my husband thinks I’m a fire hazard with my love of candles) I always do keep a lamp burning in the hall window at night-all through the night,every night – to welcome anyone who is coming home. You can see it from some way away (we have no street lighting here in deepest Lincolnshire) and it acts ( in my fevered imagination)as a welcoming beacon.

    I too am an inveterate twilight window watcher. I loved living in Islington in the 80s,as no one there would have dreamt of using “net’ curtains – Dahrling!!The horrors!!! – so at darkness in the winter the cosy or not interiors were revealed. My husband was ashamed of my “beaking”as he called it but I am drawn to the views of these windows, so I know exactly what you mean ;-)

    Ive recently discovered some church style pillar candles) made of wax-but powered by a small battery: they have a tiny bulb which flickers and look exactly like the real thing with no safety problem. Ive bought loads ;-)

  5. What a beautiful sentiment! No, we dont have this in urban India but in rural India almost every home has a lamp burning, usually at the tulsi (holy basil) altar.
    during Diwali (the festival of lights) however, we have rows of ‘diyas’ (little clay lamps) lining homes. It looks very beautiful.

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