The Original Williamsburg Bayberry Taper Candles
The Original Williamsburg Bayberry Candle Factory's classic Bayberry Scented Tapers are 100% made by hand in the USA.
The legend and everything about this wonderful tradition is printed on the back of the box for you and your loved ones to cherish and remember forever!
Burning bayberry candles is a tradition dating back to colonial times. Early colonists came upon the bayberry shrub growing in the sand belt of the Atlantic coast, as well as the shores of Lake Erie. The berry-type fruit is crusted with a greenish-white wax, settlers found that boiling the fruit created a wax residue on the surface of the water. The wax had a fragrant aroma and burned magnificently. Many berries had to be boiled to get enough wax to make a candle, these candles burned longer, cleaner, and brighter than did the traditional candles of the time. Therefore, bayberry candles were saved and burned on special occasions only! One such special occasion was the celebration of the New Year.
Over the years, the burning of bayberry candles on Christmas Eve or New Year's became a tradition, creating a saying by who, no one knows, yet the tradition continues today:
"Bayberry candles burned to the socket, bring health to the home and wealth to the pocket!"
Keep the tradition alive by burning a bayberry candle during the holidays, or better yet, give one to a close friend to wish them health, wealth and good fortune.
Box includes 2 bayberry scented tapers.