Clip-On Christmas Tree Candle Holders - An Old Favorite Makes a Comeback
Christmas tree candles? Clip-On Christmas tree candle holders? Ask most shoppers if they have ever seen real candles on a Christmas tree, and you are likely to draw a blank.
But whether it's furniture, home furnishings or Christmas decorating, Vintage is hot and getting hotter. The fact that traditional Christmas candles and old-fashioned clip on candle holders are making a comeback underscores the popularity of vintage and antique themes in Christmas decorating.
Christmas Candles and Candle Clips were a standard every Christmas season before houses were wired and electric Christmas lights came on to the market. Generations of children grew up with Christmas candles on their tree every year. Ask a great-grandparent or older neighbor about their memories of candle-powered Christmases past and they're likely to tell you how beautiful and unforgettable the experience was. After all, a tree bathed in natural candle light is an impressive, mesmerizing sight.
Compared to today's LED Christmas lights, vintage and antique Christmas candles couldn't be more low-tech. The antique candles used in the old days were about 1/2 in. in diameter and 4 in. long. To hang them on the tree, you used an adjustable clip-on candle holder, also calls a candle clip. The base of the clip grips the candle and holds it upright.
The pendulum Christmas tree candle holder was another way of hanging your candles on the tree. It grips the candle and has a stem which loops over the tree limb. A decorative weight at the bottom of the stem balances the pendulum and keeps the candle straight.
There are several great features that make clip on Christmas candle holders and pendulum candle holders an appealing alternative to other kinds of Christmas lights:
They're low-tech. As mentioned, there's nothing simpler than candlepower. The candle clips and pendulum candle holders are straightforward and easy to use. They're adjustable and perfectly functional.
They're reusable. Pack up your clip-on candle holders and pendulum Christmas candle holders when you take down your tree at the end of the season. They're 100% reusable and should give you years of service.
They're energy-efficient. Christmas tree candles burn on air, not electricity or batteries. They won't consume a single watt, so they're even greener than LED Christmas lights.
They're vintage. Christmas candles have enormous appeal as a vintage or antique decorating element. They work as part of a Victorian Christmas, Country Christmas, or primitive Christmas design theme. You can also use them with a "dressed-up," formal look or with a German Christmas theme.
They're absolutely beautiful. The quality of natural candlelight is so much richer and warmer than LED Christmas lights or incandescent Christmas string lights. Gather around your tree in a darkened room and light the candles one-by-one. You'll immediately notice the non-mechanical, natural flicker and radiant glow your candles cast into the room.
They're a way to connect to Christmas traditions from years past. When you gather around to light the Christmas candles on your tree, think about your grandparents and other forbears, here or in the Old Country. They experienced the same delight at the sight of their Christmas tree that you are experiencing now. You are breathing new life into a wonderful old tradition.
Maybe you are thinking about taking your Christmas tree off the grid and switching to natural candlelight this year. You may opt for Christmas Tree Candles because of the tradition, because you like the look or for any one of several other reasons. But remember: Safety has to be your top priority. If you use the candles carelessly, you could cause a fire. Be sure to take your time, position the candles carefully and use common sense. And only use the candles when you are in the room. Never leave the tree unattended.
Since Christmas Candles faded into obsolescence around the time of World War I when electric lights came onto the market, it's not easy to locate them. It's next to impossible to find them at a hardware store, candle shop or even a specialty shop. However, they are still being made in Germany. Find a reliable web dealer in the U.S. who imports Christmas Tree Candles and genuine German-made Candle Holders. If you live in the U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand or elsewhere, pick a U.S. web shop with experience selling to your country.
Vintage Christmas candlepower is not for everybody. But as more consumers look for ways to simplify Christmas and focus on the essentials, it's an appealing low-tech alternative. The experience of your Christmas tree awash in natural candle light will stay with you long after the holidays are over.