This year as every year, the troops are mustered and the lines are drawn. It’s time for another round in the age-old holiday debate: White Christmas lights or colored lights?
In this perennial conflict over Yule aesthetics, great battles will be fought. Warring Christmas decorators will stop talking to each other. Families will be split. There will be no peace in the land.
Regardless which side you take, imagine this: You’re prepping for the holidays and just discovered gaggles of last year’s Christmas tree lights in the bottom of the box. They’re hopelessly tangled and one bulb is broken which means the whole string doesn’t work. Sigh… you’re off to the big box store to find more.
Buying replacements is easy, because when it comes to Christmas tree lights, whether they’re white or colored, the only choice is between energy-gobbling incandescent lights and sterile LED Christmas lights. Together, they’ve got a lock on holiday shelf space in stores across the country.
LED Christmas lights use fewer kilowatts, but despite this, Christmas lighting still sucks up staggering amounts of power overall. LED or incandescent, white or colored — the U.S. guzzles more energy to power its Christmas decorations than some countries use in an entire year, according to National Public Radio and the Center for Global Development Athletic.
Putting Real Candles on Our Christmas Trees is Part of Our Christmas DNA
The bottom line: We’ve fallen prey to the blinding dazzle of Christmas bling and we’re over-illuminating our holidays. This makes it easy to forget that there is an alternative: Candlepower. In fact, decorating our Christmas trees with real candles is part of our Christmas DNA. It’s just that we’ve forgotten it.
Christmas enthusiasts are showing us that the choice increasingly isn’t only between white lights or colored lights. As more people opt to simplify the holidays and the „Slow Christmas” movement picks up support, Christmas tree candles are getting more love. They’re an appealing, natural, low-bling alternative to both LED and incandescent Christmas tree lights, and they’re gaining traction.
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Going off the grid for the holidays and decorating with candles is not new. Christmas tree candles, clip-on candle holders and hanging pendulum candle holders were standard fare when our grandparents and generations before them celebrated the holidays.
Ask any relative within living memory of the pre-electric era and they’ll likely tell you they’ve never forgotten the riveting beauty of a Christmas tree bathed in natural candlelight and the serenity it spreads.
But ask the average shopper about Christmas candles and you’ll get a puzzled look. They’ve either never heard of putting live candles on a Christmas tree, or if they have, they can’t imagine doing it themselves.
Your Christmas Tree Live and Unplugged — A Brilliant Idea
Christmas tree candles are on a comeback course. They’ve enjoyed a devoted niche following among a small band of traditionalists who grew up with them Competitive Swimwear. They also have a following among expats from Germany, Denmark and the other Nordic countries who brought them to the new world and have never given them up Coats & Jackets. Fortunately, these stalwarts are being joined by a generation of new adapters, who are unplugging, going „natural,” and starting to adorn their trees with vintage-style pendulum candle holders, Christmas tree candle clips and real Christmas candles.
2016-12-02-1480718498-8813315-Christmas_Tree_with_liveCandles_hembygd.se_www.christmasgiftsfromgermany.jpgSome people go bling-free and opt for live candlelight out of concern for the environment and because they want to simplify the holidays. Using real candles and candle holders is a way to save energy and free the holidays from the overpowering glitz and glam of the season.
Other new converts and trend scouts are inventing a whole new Christmas design vibe based on the elegance and versatility of candlepower. For them, using Christmas tree candles and candle holders is an aesthetics-driven proposition.
Whether your design scheme is urban cool, vintage, cottage, country, Scandinavian, modern, French-inspired, retro, eclectic, Victorian, shabby chic or steampunk, Christmas tree candles and candle holders are among the simplest and most flexible Christmas decorations you can choose. They’re also much more laid back than LED lights or incandescents.
Live candles bring a touch of warmth and elegance no matter where you use them. Do-it-yourselfers and Christmas geeks love them because of their hackability. They’re incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of design settings.
In addition to adorning your tree, the candles and candle holders make a brilliant addition to a tablescape, on a hanging candelabra wreath, as a design accent on the mantle, in garlands and in window decorations, as dozens of Pinterest design scouts are documenting on their boards.
But finding a product that has been nearly extinct for ninety years isn’t easy. Christmas tree candles, candle holders and special pendulum holders are not a hardware store item. Virtually no small retailers stock them, and you won’t find them at the mall or in big box stores.
Since there are no bricks-and-mortar retail sources, a careful internet search is the best way to turn up Christmas tree candles, candle clips and other kinds of candle holders Hats & Caps. Try obvious key words like Christmas Tree Candles, Christmas Tree Candle Holders and Pendulum Christmas Tree Candle Holders for starters. If that doesn’t do the trick, vary the key words a bit Bras.
The best candle holders are made in Germany, so make sure you find a web shop that imports original merchandise from there. Try to find an online source with several models including clip-on Christmas tree candle holders, the classic model that you’ve probably seen at flea markets or antique shows.
For variety, also look for candle clip holders with various kinds of bases, as well as various kinds of vintage-look counter-balanced pendulum Christmas tree candle holders and holders for votive candles. Nearly all the candle holders these days also work with flameless candles and battery-operated candles. They can also be used on antique Christmas feather trees and vintage feather trees.
Here are some of the models that are still being made today you can choose from:
Christmas Tree Clip-On Candle Holder (or Candle Clip)
The classic clip-on candle holder is one of the most popular varieties. It clamps on to the branch and has a swivel mechanism so you can adjust it the base to make sure the candle stays upright. The clip-on Christmas tree candle holder is usually available in silver or gold. The picture shows several holders grouped together. Place them individually on the tree and space them evenly.