Advent candle

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For the use of four or more candles in a ring during Advent, see Advent wreath.
Advent candle

An Advent candle is a candle marked with the days of December up to Christmas Eve. It is typically used in a household rather than a church setting: each day in December the candle is burnt down a little more, to the mark for the day, to show the passing of the days leading up to Christmas.[1] As with an Advent calendar, it does not strictly mark the days of Advent, which typically begins a few days before 1 December, but the calendar date. Some households will make a Christmas decoration out of sprigs of evergreen and Christmas ornaments, with the candle at its centre; others will simply put it in a candlestick. It is usually burned at the family evening meal each day.

Advent candles are traditionally white, though other Christmas-themed colors have become popular. The custom of having an Advent candle seems to have started in Germany, where children traditionally insert a small candle into a decorated orange. This candle is called the Christingle.[2] It is now widespread in some other European countries such as the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ "Christian celebration of Advent". BBC. 16 November 2010. Archived from the original on 27 January 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Henderson, Helene, ed. "Advent." Holidays, Symbols and Customs. Vol. 4. Detroit: Omnigraphics, 2009.