Our (newly clean) entryway, waiting for our guests. The candle is in the family room. Photographed with Nikon D300, 35mm lens.
Several years ago, my parents lived in Stavanger, Norway. I remember once when my parents were in town visiting, my mother told me about this lovely Norwegian custom:
She said that in Norway, when you stop by someone's house, they often light a candle, in welcome.
How great is that?
Since then, I try to remember to do that when a friend drops by. It's such a kind little gesture.