Festive Christmas Candles
Bright red festive candles are perfectly suited to the jollities of Christmas-time. Displayed in brass or glass candlesticks and set against glossy green foliage, they conjure up images of traditional Christmases, with rosy cheeked choristers caroling by lantern-light.
Any reflective material, like tinsel or glass baubles, will magnify the brilliance and sparkle of candle-light. Candles were often displayed in wall-mounted sconces or placed in front of an over mantel mirror, which bounced the light back into the room.
You can create a dramatic centre-piece for the Christmas table by grouping candles of different shapes and sizes in various shades of red. Fix them to a plate by standing them in a patch of melted wax. Then deck the plate with glossy greenery. A few touches of gold or silver will provide a bright contrast. Narrow plasticized ribbon, used to tie parcels, corkscrews as it comes off the roll, lay trails of this across the greenery for a simple but effective final flourish.
The risks of fire cannot be over-emphasized when you have lighted festive candles around the house. Make sure they are always fixed in a firm support. Children must never be left alone with candles or any naked flames; young children won’t recognize the danger, while older children may become over-excited by the flickering lights, and simply forget to be careful.
Always make sure that candles are extinguished before you leave them. If you don’t want to use your fingers to pinch the wick, there are long handled candle snuffers around that cup over the flame and put it out. As an extra precaution, every home should be equipped with smoke alarms which give an early warning of a fire in the house. These are very cheap and easy to install.
Festive candles can be used to add a touch of glamour to everyday events as well as for special occasions, contributing a sense of romance to a supper for two or sophistication to a formal dinner party.
There is a wealth of candles of all shapes and sizes to choose from. Tiny birthday cake candles, squat night-lights and the white utility candles sold in boxes of ten for household use are all functional. Old-fashioned golden bees-wax candles, some crisscrossed with a honeycomb pattern, are traditional.
For decorative purposes, there are long, slender festive candles in a multitude of bright colors, some with a barley twist, others tapering. All-over metallic finishes in silver and gold can look particularly festive, as can patterns of gold holly leaves or stars impressed on the surface of the wax.
Huge ivory church candles are designed for a floor-standing holder. Scented candles permeate the room with exotic perfumes. Sand candles become a beautiful pool of colored wax within a sandy casing as they burn. You can also find handmade multicolored mosaic patterns, striped, layered and carved candles, novelty Father Christmas and Easter Bunny candles.
There is also a range of garden candles, which are specially designed to illuminate outdoor occasions like barbecues and bonfire parties. These garden torches come in a variety of lively colors and can be stuck in the ground on bamboo stakes at strategic points around the garden.
Decorative and novelty festive candles are often still handcrafted, which makes them rather expensive. However, once you have mastered the basic skills of candle-making for yourself, you can easily design, make and decorate your own at a fraction of the cost. You can buy candle making materials from most good craft shops, including pellets of wax dye for creating amazing rainbow effects, which can either run through the candle or simply sit on the surface.
Dipping is the most straightforward of all methods of making candles. After repeatedly dipping the wick in melted wax, allowing the wax to cool and harden after each immersion, you end up with an elegantly tapered candle. Alternatively, you can mould the wax into an infinite array of shapes, either by using bought molds, by improvising containers from everyday objects or by painting or carving plain candles. See our Candle making page here: candle making
History of Festive Candles
Christians world over light candles at Christmas as a symbol of the birth of Christ, and his renewing light force that guides his followers along the righteous path that has been chosen by them. People widely follow the tradition of lighting candles in the windows and lighting candles on the Christmas tree.
Christmas festive candles are manufactured only out of the best waxes, dyes, fragrances essential oils, and lead free wicks. Manufacturers with their expertise on candle making, produce high quality candles that are slow burning and virtually dripless. More…
Reference: The Country Look: Decor & Crafts