All around the world, various Christmas traditions have emerged to help communities refocus on the meaning of the season. In this episode of LightWorkers’ Christmas with Reilly + Roma, Roma Downey opens up about the Irish tradition of lighting a candle in the front window on Christmas Eve.
Roma serves as LightWorkers’ President and spent her childhood in Derry, Northern Ireland. Irish Christmas customs help remind households of the nativity story. “When I was growing up in Ireland, we had a tradition of placing a candle in a window. And it was there to symbolize and represent that if Mary and Joseph had been going down our street, that they would have found a welcome in our home.”
Roma explains the beauty of seeing Irish streets illuminated with candles of hospitality as far as the eye could see. It’s a touching image–One that she never forgot. “On Christmas Eve night, you could look out the window and you could see up and down the street, a lit candle in all of the windows in all of the homes in the neighborhood. And it was profoundly moving.”
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