By lighting candles during Christmas eve, this represents the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Magi to the manger where baby Jesus was born. Another set of Christians consider Jesus as the “light of the world,“ and they light candles during Christmas to celebrate the birth of him.
The four advent candles
As a Christian tradition, the wreath holds the four Advent candles. The candles represent Jesus coming as the light in darkness. One candle is lit each Sunday until all four candles are lit. As Christmas draws nearer, each candle brings a little more light into the darkness. Sometimes a white candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to symbolize that Jesus is with us. This can be referred to as the “Christ candle.”
- First Advent Candle – Blue – Hope.
- Second Advent Candle – Gold – Love.
- Third Advent Candle – Pink – Joy.
- Fourth Advent Candle – White – Peace.
Candles in general
Candles represent three things: light, fire, and spirit. Let’s take a closer look at each one of these meanings. Light: Candles are often seen as symbols of hope and guidance.
In times of darkness or uncertainty, lighting a candle can be like sending out a beacon of light into the world. The flame itself can represent courage or strength in the face of adversity. Fire: From a more literal perspective, fire is often seen as purifying force.
This is why many cultures use fire in their cleansing rituals. When you light a candle, you are literally harnessing the power of fire to help cleanse your space (and yourself) on a physical and metaphysical level. Spirit: Last but not least, candles also symbolize spirit or energy.
When you see a group of people gathered around candles in prayer or meditation, they are tapping into the collective energy field that surrounds us all. By focusing their intention on the flickering flames, they are able to connect with this higher power and receive guidance or clarity from within.
There is something about the flickering flame of a candle that can be mesmerizing and calming, almost like a gateway into another realm.
Candles are a simple and beautiful way to light up your home and make it festive for the holiday season.
Candles are great gifts for any occasion, especially if you can’t decide what to get someone. They bring a sense of calm and elegance to any space, and their presence is sure to be noticed. It’s because candles are so versatile that they’re a great gift option for every occasion.