It started by pilgrims and other colonial families who settled in New England in Colonial Times. The settlers there realized there was a scarcity of supplies which included even candles. To keep their homes illuminated, they had to collect tallow, which was animal fat obtained by slaughtering animals, to make candles out of it, but later they learned to make candles out of it by gathering bayberry bushels and boiling them for hours. Not all families could afford this luxury all of the time. So, women saved the bayberry candles for Christmas time or other special times of the year. Because this was such a treasured tradition, the legend of the bayberry candle was born.