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Moravian Church celebrates culture and Christmas


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Candle tea may sound like an odd drink, but it’s actually the name given to an open house offered through the Covenant Moravian Church in Wilmington.

The church welcomes the community in celebrating the story of Christmas with music, specialty cookies, and handcrafted beeswax candles. Volunteers even dress in costumes historically similar to what Moravian people wore.

"It is a costume from the 1700 period that the Moravians wore," said Candle Tea Chairman Patricia Staton. "They wore very similar outfits and very simple. They either wore white or gray. We went a little bit out on the limb with the blue."

Moravian is one of many branches of Christianity. The church says Christmas is an important date to remember and celebrate.

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Love Feast and Candle Light Service.

The Moravians also celebrate a Love Feast and Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve. Join the Moravians for this tradition at one of two service This beautiful service will make your Christmas more meaningful emperir's


I am from Winston-Salem where there is a huge German and Moravian influence. I have attended many Moravian teas. It just ain't Christmas without a tea and that great Moravian sugar cake. Thank you for what you do. Thank you for bringing this to us every Christmas. You know I may just head to old Salem today for some of Winklers Bakery Sugar cake. Just does not get any better than that!