Instead of being blessed with all the luxury to afford many decorative Christmas items, we still feel the need to carry the customary candles to churches and decorate our houses with them. It is not possible to take part in the Christmas celebrations without lighting Christmas candles. Indeed, a Christmas candle, in its soft glow, perfectly captures the true essence of Christmas. Moreover, Christmas candles comprise the essential part of Christmas decorations and are one of those Christmas items which will never lose their significance and appeal. No matter where the candles are placed during Christmas season, they impart vibrancy to the whole decor and deliver a personal touch to it.
Be it your friend, colleague or acquaintance, Christmas candles can be one of the great gifts for those for whom you have allotted limited budget.
From various aromas, to exclusive shapes, colors, and patterns, the candle market has grown into much more artistic in producing striking art pieces.
Ritual of Christmas Candles
In comparison to the contemporary ritual of gifting Christmas candles and utilizing them for home decorations, the Victorian era saw people using candles to decorate Christmas trees. Going way back in history would reveal that Romans gifted candles to guests and Saturn during their Saturnalia festival.
The Pagans utilized candles in their Yule celebrations as a mark of light and for the new beginning. In some of the European parts, the prehistoric ritual of putting the candles on windows still prevails. Previously, this was done on the Christmas Eve to assist the Christ child stroll from place to place.
Over the time the way of celebrating Christmas has changed but the ritual of Christmas candles still prevails. Besides gifting and decoration, Christmas candles are also used while presenting prayers and singing carols in churches.
Aromatic Christmas Candles
Place your candle in a bowl of water with rose petals scattered all over the bowl or you can put the candles on a twisted iron structure in your living room. You can also opt for candle holders which are available in many shapes and patterns. Embellish your living room with pillar candles, floating candles or any other type. Your living area would exhume vibrancy if your candles are complemented with great candle holders.
You can also adorn your candle holders. Use your creativity by using some junk available in the house. With the help of paint colors, ribbons, and sparkles you can add a personal touch to your candle holder. Besides being attractive, candle holders are also a safe and clean mode of burning your candles inside your house.
Different types of Christmas Candles
Some of the most admired candle types that are usually in demand during Christmas are:
- Votive Candles
- Scented Gel Candles
- Corporate Gift Candles
- Party Candles
- Pillar Candles
- Decorative Candle Votives
- Festive Candles
- Christmas Candles
- Floating Candles
- Hand Poured Candles
- Refillable Butane Candles
- Halloween gel candles
- Home interior candles
Other types of Christmas candles are
- Tree candles - They look very enigmatic when combined with different colored beads, glitter and studded stones. You can put them at different places on the Christmas tree and if placed in a shadowy place it will bestow a very vivid appeal to the Xmas tree as well as the room.
- Electric Xmas candles paired with plain Christmas candles - You can mix and match the electric lights that are available in variety of colors, patterns and shapes with the regular Xmas candles.
- Soy candles - These are eco-friendly Christmas candles best known for their clean burning. There are aromas that you can make as per your desire. Available in different shapes and sizes, they burn longer than the regular candles. Soy wax candles are available in the form of votive candles, highly scented jar candles, triple scented candles, aromatherapy candles, etc.
- Gel candles - Gel candles are available in scented forms and add an extra zing to the Christmas decoration. The different types of gel candles include fruit gel candle, beach gel candle, drink gel candle, wine gel candle, champagne gel candle, candle gel seascape, candle gel pie and gel sea shell candle.
Making your own Christmas candle
Christmas candles also make ingenious Christmas gifts for everybody. While a Christmas candle with a Santa attached to its base would simply be loved by a little one, a pack of two perfumed floating candles would certainly bring happiness to your dear one. You may even add a personal touch to your Christmas present by crafting your very own Christmas candle, for which you require a clean baby food jar, tissue papers of red and green colors, small tea candles and a small amount of liquid starch. Glue and scissors are essential while the use of ribbons, laces and glitter is optional. The steps involved in making the Christmas candle have been enumerated here.
- First, take the tissue paper and cut into small squares.
- Next, soak the squares in liquid starch.
- Stick very closely these wet tissue squares on the outside wall of the baby food jar, one almost overlapping the other.
- Only after it is totally dry, place a small tea candle inside it and secure its position with a speck of melted wax.
- Prettify it further by pasting ribbons and/or showering glitter on the exterior body of the jar.
And if you are running short of time, just grab one of them from the market! And so we bring for you some of the most fascinating Christmas candles which are easily available and in which traditional Christmassy shapes and designs are painted and/or engraved.
- 4 x 8" Madonna with child on holy wreath candle, in white
- 3 x 8" Madonna in chapel candle, in red or white colors
- 2 x 3" Advent candles in a pack of four, 1 pink and 3 purple colored
- 3 x 8" manger in Church candle, in green
- 3 x 8" Christmas bells candle, in red, white or green colors
- 3 x 6" three kings candle, in blue or white
Candles are also the best embellishments of Christmas trees and differ in shapes and sizes in accordance with the height, the weight and the type of the Christmas tree. However, nowadays it is electric Christmas candles which are widely used, not only because they are re-usable and safer alternatives but also cost-efficient. In fact, currently there is an extensive assortment of Christmas candles which are used for myriad purposes.