>>IT SEEMS EVERYONE HAS THEIR
OWN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS THEY SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS,
BUT IF YOU WANT TO TRY SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT, CONSIDER A
VISIT TO OLD SALEM WHERE THEY CELEBRATE THE CANDLE TEA AT THE
SINGLE BROTHERS’ HOUSE. IT’S AN OLD MORAVIAN HOLIDAY
TRADITION THAT’S DRAWN A CROWD FOR OVER 80 YEARS.>>MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY. WELCOME TO CANDLE TEA. COME ON IN.>>THE MORAVIAN CANDLE TEA IN
OLD SALEM HAS BEEN A WINSTON-SALEM CHRISTMAS
TRADITION SINCE 1929. FOR NEARLY 80 YEARS NOW, GUESTS
HAVE LINED THE SIDEWALK OF THE SINGLE BROTHERS HOUSE.>>WE’VE BEEN COMING FOR
29 YEARS. WE ENJOY THE PEACE. WE ENJOY THE JOY AND THE
HOSPITALITY OF THE PEOPLE OF SALEM. WHEN WE GO THROUGH THE CANDLE
TEA, IN ALL ITS PHASES AND WITH ALL ITS TOUCHES OF TRADITION AND
WARMTH, AS WE COME OUT OF THE CELLAR, I LOOK AT MY HUSBAND AND
SAY EVERY YEAR, IT’S CHRISTMAS NOW.>>CANDLE TEA IS CONSIDERED BY
MANY AREA RESIDENTS AND VISITORS THE OPENING EVENT OF THE ADVENT
AND CHRISTMAS SEASONS. THE WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP OF HOME
MORAVIAN CHURCH ORGANIZES CANDLE TEA TO SHARE WITH GUESTS THE
MORAVIAN CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS OF THE SEASON.>>THE REASON IT’S CALLED CANDLE
TEA IS BECAUSE ORIGINALLY, IN 1929, THE WOMEN OF HOME MORAVIAN
CHURCH WERE CONCERNED THAT THE CUSTOM OF VIEWING A PUTZ WAS
FADING AWAY AND THEY WANTED TO GET THAT TRADITION STARTED AWAY,
SO THEY SET UP A PUTZ. AND THEN IN THE 1940s, THERE WAS
A LOT OF CURIOSITY ABOUT THE MAKING OF CANDLES. CANDLES PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART
IN MORAVIAN CHRISTMAS SERVICES. SO THEY COMBINED THE VIEWING OF
THE PUTZ WITH THE MAKING OF THE CANDLES, AND CONSEQUENTLY THEY
DID IT IN THE AFTERNOON, SO WE HAVE CANDLE TEA.>>GUIDES WEARING EARLY MORAVIAN
ATTIRE LEAD YOU ON A TOUR OF THE SINGLE BROTHERS’ HOUSE. YOU’LL HEAR SINGING CAROLS
ACCOMPANIED BY A TANNENBERG ORGAN.>>♪ COME ALL YE FAITHFUL ♪
♪ JOYFUL AND TRIUMPHANT ♪ ♪ O COME YE, O COME YE,
TO BETHLEHEM ♪>>THEN YOU’RE TAKEN DOWNSTAIRS
TO BREATHE IN THE SCENT OF HANDMADE MORAVIAN
BEESWAX CANDLES.>>WE MAKE ABOUT 3,000 CANDLES
TO START CANDLE TEA EVERY YEAR. SO YOU CAN SEE FROM WATCHING
JUST THIS ONE THING THAT WE HAVE TO WORK SEVERAL DIFFERENT
WORKS — HAVE SEVERAL DIFFERENT WORKSHOPS TO GET THAT DONE. I HAVE WAX FROM MY FINGERS AND
I’M MAKING THE WICKS STICK TOGETHER AND STAND UP SO THEY
LOOK MORE LIKE A WICK. NOW, LET’S SEE HOW THESE
ARE COMING OUT. SO I’M GOING TO PUT CONSIDERABLE
PRESSURE, BUT I’M NOT GOING TO JERK, BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO
BREAK THOSE LOOPS, BUT I DO WANT THESE CANDLES TO COME OUT
OF THE MOLD. YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THEY’RE
STARTING TO RISE UP. AND THIS IS WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE
WHEN THEY COME OUT.>>IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE HOLIDAY
SPIRIT YET, BUT BY NOW I THINK YOU ARE, DOWN IN THE KITCHEN
YOU’RE SERVED RICH LOVEFEAST COFFEE AND SUGAR CAKE. FINALLY, THE PUTZ WITH A
MINIATURE SCENE OF OLD SALEM.>>THE PUTZ IS THE SCENE CREATED
AROUND THE NATIVITY, CENTERED AROUND THE NATIVITY. FAMILIES WOULD ADD WHATEVER
ITEMS THAT THEY WANTED TO USE. THEY MIGHT ADD FARM ANIMALS OR
IN LATER TIMES CARS. IN OURS THERE’S A WATER WHEEL. A PUTZ IS A KIND OF DIRECTION
USUALLY DISPLAYED UNDER A CHRISTMAS TREE. SO PART OF THE CANDLE TEA, AN
IMPORTANT PART OF THE CANDLE TEA, IS OUR CANDLE TEA PUTZ
CONSISTS OF TWO PARTS, A SALEM SCENE AND THEN THE NATIVITY.>>SO IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO SHARE
MEANINGFUL TRADITIONS WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, THEN THE
CANDLE TEA AT OLD SALEM IS A WONDERFUL PLACE TO START. IN OLD SALEM FOR
“NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND.”