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Real Bayberry Candle with Bayberry Legend

authentic bayberry candle with real bayberry wax

These beautiful olive green candles are crafted using real bayberry wax. Traditional bayberry candles are believed to bring good luck in the new year.

This bayberry candle comes from a friend
so on Christmas eve burn it down to the end.
For a bayberry candle burned to the socket,
will bring joy to the heart and gold to the pocket.

Legend of the Bayberry Candle Poem

When the colonists first arrived on our shores, there was nothing here but wilderness and harsh conditions. Supplies were scarce including candles. Candles were made of tallow (animal fat) which smell terrible and smoke a lot and can become rancid. Settlers learned that bayberries give off a tiny amount of wax when boiled. So colonists collected the wax and saved it until they have enough to make a candle. It took a lot of bayberries to make a single candle. That rare and wonderful luxury was saved for an important occasion which was Christmas or New Years. It became the tradition to burn your bayberry candle on Christmas or New Years eve to bring good luck in the new year. When you consider the hardships endured by the colonists, you come to understand that all gathered around the Christmas dinner table this year may not survive to be there the following year. It makes us realize how lucky we are in modern times to have issues that pale in comparison. The author of the traditional bayberry candle poem is unknown. But the beautiful holiday tradition continues to this day.

The bayberry candle tradition dictates that you should light your bayberry candle on the eve of the holiday of choice. You light the candle early enough on that eve that it will burn from the end of one year and burn into the next. Leave the candle burn completely until it goes out on it's own. I include the bayberry poem, history and legend with every authentic bayberry taper. My bayberry tapers have about a 6 hour burn time so please allow enough time for it to burn itself out before bedtime.

Please share this tradition and keep it alive.

traditional bayberry candle details:

  • All natural real bayberry wax with beeswax added so it's less brittle and can tolerate shipping.
  • Burning a bayberry candle on Christmas eve or New Year's eve is said to bring good fortune.
  • Packaged in cellophane with a fabric bow for gift giving.
  • I include the traditional bayberry history and lore and the bayberry candle poem.

Please note: Bayberry candle can't be made drip-less. Secure your candle firmly in a sturdy taper candle holder and set it on a plate to protect your surfaces.

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pair of real 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 authentic bayberry taper candles for those that want to burn one on Christmas eve and one on New Year's eve. Just like the tapers above, these real bayberry tapers are handcrafted by me. They are are tied together with a primitive fabric bow, wrapped in cellophane and 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.

1 pair - 8" available year- round

$ 19.99