A candle in the window is a symbol of warmth and security. Traditionally, it marked the love of a family waiting for the return of a family member who was away from home.
In Colonial America a candle in the window was used to honor dignitaries, announce births and just plain celebrate
, which might explain why we see more of them during this celebratory time of the year.
We think this sense of warmth and security conveyed by such a simple gesture is because a lit candle in the window tells you a few things: There is someone on the other side tending to it. The candle is in a window for others to see - it is reaching out from the home and communicating something to those outside of the home.
Do you have a candle-in-the-window tradition in your home? Electric or wax (seems the majority we see are electric.)?
Images: 1: Flower Garden Girl, 2: Keith Scott Morton / Country Living, 3: dhudson.net, 4: Pope Benedict XVI lights a candle from the window of his private apartments at the Vatican, via All Voices