The holiday season is approaching. All of us at Window Nation enjoy seeing the festive holiday lights and decorations families have put up in their homes. It’s no surprise that our favorite decoration to see are festive candles in the windows, a simple yet elegant way to celebrate the holidays. Most homeowners might not think twice when putting a candle in the window; however, the small gesture has a rich history that spans centuries and cultures. Naturally, as home window experts, we wanted to dig into the history of the tradition to find out where it got its roots.

How Did the Tradition Start?

The tradition of having candles in the window during the holidays is different for each culture. The origins differ based on religious beliefs and even regions. No matter where your family comes from or how they celebrate the holidays, the use of lights has become a tradition used by many to brighten up their home and make it feel festive for the holidays. Here in the United States, the tradition of lighting candles in the windows of homes during the Christmas holidays was brought by the Irish.

From the mid-17th through the late 18th century, the British government created oppressive laws in an attempt to restrict the practice of Catholicism in Ireland. During this time of religious suppression, there were no churches allowed. Catholic Priests were forced to hide out in the wilderness in caves.  

The priests would sneak back into town during the night to have mass with fellow believers in their homes. During Christmastime, Catholic families would leave their doors unlocked and a candle burning in the window to let the priest know he was welcome in their home.  

With the many waves of Irish immigration to America, the tradition took root here and continued to evolve. For example, in colonial times, a lit candle in a window let travelers know they had a safe place to stay. The candle also served as a signal amongst neighbors that the home was open to receive visitors and to light the way for returning family members.  

With the many waves of Irish immigration to America, the tradition took root here and continued to evolve. For example, in colonial times, a lit candle in a window let travelers know they had a safe place to stay. The candle also served as a signal amongst neighbors that the home was open to receive visitors and to light the way for returning family members.   

How Do We Honor the Tradition Today?

In modern times, the custom of the candle in the window may have lost its traditional meaning, but the practice lives on. The reasons might be different, but the candle in the window is still a simple and beautiful way to light up your home and make it festive for the holiday season. Festive candles will add an elegant touch to any window, from double hung windows to picture windows. You can even decorate your window shutters and entry door with eye-catching lights and festive wreaths to transform your home into a winter wonderland! No matter how you celebrate, be sure to enjoy this time of year and spread the holiday cheer through your home windows and out into the world.

Summer is here and the Fourth of July is just days away. This is one of my favorite holidays! Family and friends gather together. The weather is nice (hopefully) and there are cook outs and marshmallows toasting for S’mores. There are parades and fireworks at night.

I just love having my whole family together and creating awesome memories. Summer can be a busy time for any family and getting ready for the Fourth of July can be put on the end of the ‘to do’ list. Not to worry, your friends here at Window Nation have put together some simple tips to get your house ready for some fun filled Fourth of July festivities.

  • Grab some inexpensive mini American flags to line your entry way with. They are a perfect pop of color and patriotism to start off Independence Day.
  • Hang red, white and blue swags in your windows for a patriotic punch you can see inside and outside of your home.
  • Hang a red white and blue inspired wreath on your front door for and inviting party look. This wreath can be as unique as you are from using painted clothes pins to beautiful flowers.
  • Either make or find some red, white and blue pin wheels for the outside and inside of your home. Pinwheels add a fun touch for any kids that might be at your party and they can take them home as souvenirs.
  • When preparing food for the Fourth of July pick red, white and blue colors. For example blueberries, strawberries and a vanilla yogurt dip.
  • Use cut out red, white and blue stars around your home for added color and fun
  • Just before the big day, swing by the store and pick up some red white and blue flowers to place around your home.

Simple little touches like these can really put your family and friends in a fun patriotic mood. Remember American flags, stars and anything red, white and blue will pretty much do it. Be creative, make it unique and do not stress out over it. Enjoy making new memories this Fourth of July!

Remember that if you need new windows, doors or siding Window Nation is your go to place. We want you to enjoy making new memories in your home year round. Contact us today for help with all your window, door or siding replacement issues. Enjoy a safe and fun filled Fourth of July!