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The Candle in the Window & the Laden Table in Ireland

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Leaving a Candle in the Window was a common tradition on Christmas Eve in Ireland. At its heart it was a symbol of hospitality signaling any stranger that they were welcome to the house and that none would be turned away.

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Christmas Eve

by Ruth and Celia Duffin

A cup of milk

And a wheaten-cake,

And a spark of fire

For the Travellers’ sake.

A door on the latch,

A light in the pane,

Lest the Travellers’ pass

In the wind and rain.


For food and Fire

And candlelight

The Travellers’ blessing

On us this night


Escape, 1929