One of the most frequently asked questions is, "Why are there candles in the windows of so
many homes in Lancaster?" Visitors often remark how lovely many
buildings, especially older homes, look with a candle burning brightly in
every window. Of course, these are electric window candles, but they still
look most attractive. Following is the best answer I can give you to this
frequently asked question….
Many years ago I read a newspaper article about two Bed & Breakfast
owners who had put candles in their windows for Christmas, as did many
other people during the holiday season. But since they were B&B's, and
candles were a traditional sign of welcome to travelers in the old days,
they decided to keep the candles in their windows all year long to greet
their overnight guests.
This certainly looked attractive, and probably other local folks
decided it would look nice in the windows of their homes as well. More
people started to do it, and eventually it became a "common
sight" across the county.
So I guess the basic answer is, "People do it because it looks
nice." My parents live in a semi-detached house. Before my mother put
candles in her windows, she asked her neighbor if she would do the same.
My mother didn’t want people driving by to see candles in the windows of
just one side of the house!
The fact that so many visitors notice the candles proves the point of
their attractiveness. I know some visitors have purchased electric window
candles to take back home with them. Perhaps you'll start this tradition
in your community, too!
Amish Country News
Article by Brad Igou
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