I didn’t realize this was local…

So when my brother came out from Tucson, he noticed how green it is in Pennsylvania. That I knew would be very different than where he came from.

But he also noticed something else that I’ve recently come to find out is a “northeastern U.S.” thing, and which is very big in York County.

It’s the idea of putting those little electric candles in the front windows of your house.


I guess I thought everyone did that, but my out-of-region family members assure me that it’s much more popular around here.

Who knew? For my part, I’d love to have them, but I’m too lazy to go around and turn them on every night. Someone suggested timers, but I’m pretty sure I’m too lazy to even set them all up on timers. Isn’t that sad?

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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4 Responses to I didn’t realize this was local…

  1. Louise says:

    Hi Joan,
    I would guess that the candle in the window is only popular where there is a heavy concentration of colonial and Victorian style homes. It would not suit modern styles as much due to lack of period authenticity.
    They make those candles with batteries too…I want you to stay safe…just sayin’
    Love ya, Weez

  2. Jo Ott says:

    The look pretty at most homes, but they can be a real pain depending on window treatment. Also, not all window ledges are wide enough to support the base of the candles. I have roll-up cellular blinds at my windows which I roll up and down everyday. No way could I fiddle with the candles everyday. I think they are especially nice at windows with curtains left tied to the side and without blinds. But having moved here from the Washington area, I “shutter” myself in at night!

  3. Phil says:

    i’ve heard that we are the only area that keeps them in year round… other areas only during the holidays.

  4. M Webb says:

    I thought that the purpose of the window candles was to present a welcoming light to travelers.

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