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Light a candle Christmas Eve


Re: Celebratin­g Christmas Eve, Letter to the editor; and Will we never learn?, Sharon Kirkey, both Dec. 19

I endorse the idea that Canadians be encouraged to hold a candle or light on their front porch or in their front window at 8 p.m. in the various time zones this Christmas Eve. This would be a show of sympathy for the many lost to COVID, as well as a way of expressing best wishes and unity.

On a personal note, I remember many Christmas Eves on the Prairies, growing up in an Orthodox family who would light a candle and place it in the frosted window, where it would melt a circle to shine out through. This was a symbol of welcoming Jesus (because there was no room at the inn), and if there was someone out in the miles of snow, they were welcome to come in for safety and warmth.

Marie Filuk, Surrey, B.C.

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