Christmas Candles have long been a part of the seasonal celebration. Learn more about their history as well as creative ways to use candles in your holiday decor.
Candles have been used to symbolize family, friendship and holiday spirit for hundreds of years.
Small candles to light up the Christmas tree were used as far back as the XVII century. Over the next several hundred years this tradition was established in Germany and then throughout Eastern Europe.
It is not surprising that candles are still an integral part of holiday decorating. They are beautiful, warm, inviting, versatile, colorful and many times inexpensive.
If you are on a budget and looking for ways to decorate your home, Christmas candles will most certainly be part of the plan.
There is a lot to love about the Christmas Candle display shown above:
It is another example of how you can create something beautiful without spending a lot of time, money or effort.
For example, if you have a window display, use candles, greenery and small white lights wound in and through the greenery. Three elements. Much more complete, and beautiful, than candles alone.
What would you prefer to see...
1) Five single white tapers in identical candle holders, lined up in a row on the mantel. Or,
2) A candle in the shape of an angel resting on a lace doily, a single taper in a short crystal candle holder and a trio of snowball shaped candles, all five grouped together, staggered in their placement. Add a few small sprays of delicate pine branch greenery and you have created a beautiful display with personality and charm.
Christmas candles are available in just about every color you can imagine...size and shape, too. Think beyond traditional holiday colors and coordinate your candle displays with the rest of your home. It may require a bit more planning and searching, but the result is well worth the effort.
There are no rules for displaying candles other than to be safe with the flame if they’re lit, so experiment with different media to come up with your own vision.
Want a bit more inspiration? Here are some creative and simple ideas like the photo below, from our friends at Better Homes and Gardens. Get all the details and see more photos here: BHG.com