The ceremony of lighting the candle would happen just as soon as the sun went down and would be in the sitting room window all of Christmas eve night. It was then moved to be the center piece for Christmas dinner and again back to the living room for Christmas night.
I have to admit that I was sometime a little jealous that Eoin got to light the candle but then when we got to our early teens and Eoin grew taller than moi, one year he declared that I was now the smallest and I could light the candle. I LOVED it! Was I a drama queen or what!! ( Eoin and Brian no comments, please!)
As a child I also felt another reason to light the candle was to let Santa know that we were good and he could stop at our house with gifts for us.
Once I moved to Switzerland and now to California I have kept the tradition alive. Today just around dusk, I got my candle out, the Lourdes water and our candle was lit. In the best interest of not burning the house down I use a Galway Crystal candle holder that Aunt Veron gave us as an Engagement present. Another way to keep the Irish connection.
Here are some pictures of our candle tonight:
At 6:30 when it was dark outside
Mary, Joseph and anyone who needs some comfort tonight may you know that our door is always open for you. Also, Santa I have been a very very good girl!! :-)