The holidays are more than just gift giving and travelling, both of which can make this season stressful and take away from the true purpose of the holidays. The time is normally spent with family and friends in communities that share a special place in our hearts. It is a time when communities and families come together to celebrate and reminisce and reunite. It is in this sense of community and solidarity that the vigil was born. Holidays and somber occasions spur vigils where there is a visual and visceral showing of oneness and spirit. The candles for a candle light vigil need not be grand or expensive, vigil candles can be bought in bulk and drip protectors used to catch the candle wax can be purchased with the candles. Candle light vigils are a part of the holidays and a way for our community to get together as one to show support for a cause.