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Real Bayberry Candle and Bayberry Legend

Legend of the Bayberry Candle Poem

This bayberry candle comes from a friend
for on Christmas eve I do send.
For a bayberry candle burned to the socket,
will bring joy to the heart and gold to the pocket.



Where did the bayberry candle legend originate?

When the first settlers arrived on our shores, every moment was one of survival. Everything was in short supply including candles. Generally candles were made of tallow (animal fat) which tend to smoke and give off an odor. They can turn rancid as well. It didn't take long for the early colonists to discover that the abundant bayberry bush had berries that would give off a waxy residue when boiled. They learned to collect and save the bayberry wax that would rise to the surface of the water and make them into taper candles. The bayberry tapers burned longer and cleaner than the tallow version. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of bayberries to make enough wax to make a single taper. These bayberry tapers were a real treasure to the colonists who saved them for special occasions. To have a bayberry candle was a luxury to be saved and relished. It became the tradition to burn your bayberry candle on Christmas or New Years eve to bring blessings of abundance in the coming year. It is not known who actually came up with the traditional bayberry candle poem. But the tradition continues to this day.

It is believed that you should burn your bayberry candle on the eve of your holiday of choice (or all of them as I do). I include the bayberry poem, history and legend with every authentic bayberry taper. Do not leave a burning candle unsupervised.

Keep this wonderful magical holiday tradition alive! Share the bayberry candle tradition with others.

Key features of traditional bayberry candles:

  •  Burning a bayberry taper candle on Christmas eve or New Year's eve is said to bring good fortune.
  •  Packaged for gift giving.
  •  I include the traditional Bayberry candle poem and the bayberry history and lore.
  •  I also offer both traditional  real bayberry wax candles and bayberry scented candles that are less expensive but smell amazing.
  •  authentic bayberry wax prosperity spell candle / bayberry wax money spell candle
  • you can use a bayberry candle any day of the year to celebrate a new endeavor such as: birthday, wedding, start of a new business or job, retirement, graduation, anniversary, divorce (yes... worthy of celebration), full moon, solstice, any milestone that you want to bring blessings into the time that follows


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Real Bayberry 12 Hour Votive Candle

If you have purchased bayberry candles from me in the past, please consider my latest addition... real bayberry wax votive candles. My bayberry wax votives will burn about 12 - 15 hours but you must use a votive holder like the one pictured. The votive cup captures all of the bayberry wax for it to be utilized by the flame. The votive cup creates improves the burn quality. I use only genuine bayberry wax with beeswax as an additive. Authentic bayberry wax is extremely dry and brittle and wouldn't withstand shipping without beeswax which is very strong and flexible.

My bayberry candles are a standard 2" votive and should fit and standard votive cup. Any other container may not contain the bayberry wax enough to feed the flame with the melted wax.

Please note that my bayberry candles are all rustic in appearance. Bayberry wax is incredibly difficult to work with which is why you won't find candles in larger sizes. The wicks can't burn the hard bayberry wax. You may find cracks, rough places and white film. These are all typical for authentic bayberry wax but they do not affect burn quality. I have not tried to create a perfect bayberry candle because I want them to look home made rather than machine made. It adds to the charm of this lovely holiday tradition.

Also note that my bayberry candles are unscented. Genuine bayberry wax gives off very little aroma. I have chosen to not add scent to them to stay as authentic as I can to what the colonists would have used. I do offer bayberry scented candles below for those wanting a scented candle over the traditional bayberry wax.

All bayberry candles listed here include a detailed history, lore and bayberry candle poem.

My traditional bayberry candles are perfect for Christmas eve, Yule or New Years Eve! I handpour my own authentic bayberry votives for holiday gift giving. I include the legend of the bayberry candle poem. These traditional Christmas candles are made from natural real bayberry wax. The only additive I use is natural beeswax to keep the brittle bayberry wax from cracking. Authentic bayberry wax  is a beautiful olive green color and imparts a natural herbal type of aroma.

$9.99 real bayberry candle

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SOLD OUT $1.89 votive cup

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jointed pair of scented bayberry candles

Some folks follow the bayberry candle tradition on Christmas eve and others follow it on New Years eve. I offer a pair of scented bayberry taper candles for those that want to burn one on Christmas eve and one on New Year's eve. They are are a jointed pair nicely gift boxed and I include the legend of the bayberry candle poem and the history behind the legend.

Burn your bayberry taper and share the other. The recipient will love your gift when they read the bayberry candle poem and history behind the tradition. Gifting someone with a bayberry candle means you wish them happiness, prosperity and good luck in the coming year.

Burn time of about 9 hours

1 jointed pair - 8" available year- round

 SOLD OUT $9.99

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glass candle holder for bayberry taper candles

Bayberry taper candles need a good taper candle holder it hold it securely while it burns.

2" X 2"

$1.99 was $2.99

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bayberry candle holder

Bayberry taper candles need a good taper candle holder it hold it securely while it burns.

approx 3 3/4" wide at base

now $2.99 was $5.99