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If you burn a Bayberry candle on New Year's Day

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"A bayberry candle burned to the socket, brings health to the home and wealth to the pocket."

I just got a new catalog from Yankee Candle today and they have Bayberry candles in stock now. I always get mine from there. I burn the tapers which they usually sell two to a box.

I know the tradition varies as to which day you burn the bayberry candle, but my family has always burned it, start to finish on New Year's Day. So I go with something small, like a taper, since you can't blow it out if you want good health and wealth.

I thought I'd pass the info on as several people have posted before, scrambling to find a bayberry candle near New Year's

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WeiRDgeRL1317683286.274064 PostsRegistered 10/26/2007Pennsylvania

Thanks for the info!! Last year I tried to find a bayberry candle to burn on new years day but I couldnt' find any anywhere.

I'll go out this weekend and get one. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

*~*Anne*~*

champagnep­oodle1317683630.795260 PostsRegistered 9/26/2011

What some people don't know is that the tradition states that the candle can NOT be bayberry scented, it has to be REAL bayberry! Very hard to find!

WeiRDgeRL1317683685.864064 PostsRegistered 10/26/2007Pennsylvania
On 10/3/2011 champagnepoodle said:

What some people don't know is that the tradition states that the candle can NOT be bayberry scented, it has to be REAL bayberry! Very hard to find!

ooh bummer {#emotions_dlg.sad}

*~*Anne*~*

Jabemi1317683729.78364 PostsRegistered 7/28/2006PA

My family had always burned them on Christmas Eve. Then, one year, in a frantic search for some genuine candles, made from actual bayberries, I came across a story that said to burn on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. I did that year and had a pretty good year!

Now, I burn one taper on each eve to cover all the bases!

Jabemi1317683895.59764 PostsRegistered 7/28/2006PA
On 10/3/2011 champagnepoodle said:

What some people don't know is that the tradition states that the candle can NOT be bayberry scented, it has to be REAL bayberry! Very hard to find!

This is very true! I found some from Williamsburg Candles when the went out of business a few years ago. I stocked up because one year the only ones I could find cost over $20!

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1317684070.74310059 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 10/3/2011 champagnepoodle said:

What some people don't know is that the tradition states that the candle can NOT be bayberry scented, it has to be REAL bayberry! Very hard to find!

I just checked my Yankee Candle taper box. It says "pure natural bayberry". You're right. It's hard to find pure bayberry so I also buy a few boxes when I find them so I don't have to search every year. At Yankee Candle, you might have to ask for the tapers but they should have them.

di-mc1317684556.367291 PostsRegistered 12/4/2006the real world

My grandmother always did this; don't know that it actually worked, but she was a happy person anyway.

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Jabemi1317685054.6664 PostsRegistered 7/28/2006PA

I like to keep a few ready to give as hostess gifts during the holidays and they are a nice housewarming gift.

glmama131769173719624 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006

I had never heard of this tradition until last Christmas when we received bayberry tapers as a gift along with the tradition of burning them for good luck on NYD (I think I read NYE night?). I will buy them every year now as I loved it and so did my kids. :)

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LittleT1318454814.007900 PostsRegistered 7/19/2008

Where can you get the scented Bayberry candle you all are talking about...would LOVE to get them and some for my family! I tried looking at Yankee candle and they have just unscented tapers. Thank you all!!!

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1318498020.9610059 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I don't see them on Yankee Candle's site yet either. If you have a store near you, you might give them a call and see if they have them in stock yet. They come in a box of two. They're 8 inch tapers or something shorter like that. Not the really long tapers.

I just searched Amazon and they're also showing a set of two- pricier though. Sold by Cape Candle and fulfilled by Amazon. Colonial Candle also sells them. Just google Bayberry candles and you'll see lots of choices. But definitely call Yankee Candle first if you have one in your area.

Kat 131318499806.703858 PostsRegistered 7/6/2011

WOW !!!!{#emotions_dlg.thumbup} BUT...

I just went to Capecandle.com and it says :

To bring good luck for a year,
BURN ON CHRISTMAS DAY....and if the flame burns bright and clear,
then Heaven will Bless You all Year !!!

So...I guess there are all kinds of myths.....

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day....

Has anyone else found anything else ??{#emotions_dlg.confused1}

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SharonKay1318553849.8633790 PostsRegistered 3/16/2008Ohio

This sounds like a very nice tradition - and I plan to do it this year. I can use all the luck/blessing I can get (who can't, really) and I like the scent of bayberry anyway.

Frankly, I'm not sure when to burn it either.

One place I saw online (Colonial Candlecrafters) said to burn one candle on Christmas Eve and one candle on New Year's Eve, but most of the other candle suppliers that are selling bayberry candles said to burn it on Christmas Eve. Some even include this poem in the order:

This bayberry candle comes from a friend so on Christmas eve burn it down to the end. For a bayberry candle burned to the socket will bring joy to the heart and gold to the pocket.


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gidgetgoes­hawaiian1318774106.90310059 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I just placed an order on Cape Candle (capecandle.com) for some Pure Bayberry Tapers and a few gift boxes of 8 inch Pure Bayberry candles that includes the legend of the Bayberry candle.

According to their legend, you burn them on Christmas Day. Through the years I've heard Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. My family has always burned them on New Year's Day.

I had received an email this morning that through today, they're including a box of unscented tea lights for free with a purchase of $50 or more. Shipping was $5 which I didn't think was too bad considering they don't have a store in my area.

Yankee Candle still doesn't list the Pure Bayberry tapers on their site so I thought I'd pass on this info. I will say that while the email I received this morning said they'd include a free box of unscented tea lights, my order confirmation didn't show them included (they're supposed to send them to you automatically- no code needed), so we'll see if I actually get them.

Kat 131318774970858 PostsRegistered 7/6/2011

Hi...

I got that Cape Candle email also.

I guess to be sure, ..........
buy a box of their BayBerry t-lights, 9 in a set.....
Burn one on Christmas Eve, one on Christmas Day,
one on New Years Eve and then the last on New Years Day !!!

With a set of 9, you will have enough for TWO YEARS !!!{#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1318775662.95310059 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I like your thinking and actually looked at the tea lights, but they're scented Bayberry and you need pure bayberry.

I do always get the shortest tapers though. Since you have to burn them totally, I want them to be as short as possible!

Breky1318776067.752052 PostsRegistered 6/29/2008Connecticut Shoreline

If you are ever in Massachusetts, Deerfield to be exact, Yankee Candle has a wonderful outlet center with so much more than just candles. They have/had a demonstration room where they showed how candles were originally made and they make their real bayberry candles there. It is a great demonstration and I picked up a bunch, as our family burns bayberry candles on Christmas Eve. The thing about natural bayberry is that critters like to nibble on them, so if you keep them in your home for an extended period of time, keep them in an airtight container, maybe not in basement as little mouses might have an avest!

Mary Bailey1318783040.3577203 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004sw of Chicago
On 10/16/2011 gidgetgoeshawaiian said:

I like your thinking and actually looked at the tea lights, but they're scented Bayberry and you need pure bayberry.

I do always get the shortest tapers though. Since you have to burn them totally, I want them to be as short as possible!

ITA I found some short tapers

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Brinklii1318783422.3410277 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Northern WI

Bayberry has such an awesome fragrance...and you're supposed to eat "hoppin' john" New Years day too for good luck. That is made with rice, black eye peas, and ham. It's a Southern tradition. I live in the North, but my grandfather was a Southerner.

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Mary Bailey1318783844.6837203 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004sw of Chicago
On 10/16/2011 Tabbychic said:

Bayberry has such an awesome fragrance...and you're supposed to eat "hoppin' john" New Years day too for good luck. That is made with rice, black eye peas, and ham. It's a Southern tradition. I live in the North, but my grandfather was a Southerner.

I started making Hoppin' John this New Year 2011! It was awesome. We plan on doing it again 2012.

Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

Kat 131318860339.083858 PostsRegistered 7/6/2011
On 10/16/2011 gidgetgoeshawaiian said:

I like your thinking and actually looked at the tea lights, but they're scented Bayberry and you need pure bayberry.

I do always get the shortest tapers though. Since you have to burn them totally, I want them to be as short as possible!

Hi...

Cape Candle DOES have the Natural Bayberry T-Lights.....set of 9...

Look further on their website......They are there...

I typed Bayberry Candles and they were listed on the right-hand side of the page.{#emotions_dlg.ohmy}

beach-mom1319072647.0439494 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007Mid-Atlantic

The tradition in my family, which I still carry on, is to burn one on Christmas Eve. It has to be real Bayberry, which I agree is hard to find. Somehow I always manage to find a little shop that carries them. I light it Christmas Eve. You can't put it out, so I put it in the sink when I go to bed - if I go to bed, which hasn't happened most years. It burns out by itself.

In 1999, friends convinced us to celebrate the season with them in Disney World. We left shortly after noon on the 24th and went down on the Auto Train. I lit my candle earlier that day. It had almost gone out when we left, but not quite. I put it in the sink, and my neighbor came in shortly after we left to make sure it had gone out. We came back on the train on January 1. I had a can of black-eyed peas and a can opener with me!

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1320487224.45710059 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Just an update....

If you've been looking or are starting your search for Natural Bayberry candles, Yankee Candle has their Bayberry tapers in stock now. They're in their latest catalog and I just saw them on their website. You can search for Bayberry or the item # is 1048606. $7.99 for a set of two tapers.

dominosmom1320604175.033200 PostsRegistered 9/4/2006The Hudson Valley

I see Williamsburg bayberry tapers set of 2 for $9.99 with free shipping on Ebay.

bamamom1320605613.107979 PostsRegistered 2/19/2007State of Confusion

Had never heard of this tradition, but sounds like a great one. Will search the websites suggested. We have the blackeyed peas on New Years Day and I open a can of collard greens, just so we can each have a small bite (don't like them) for good luck too!

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