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The Origin of Christmas Candles

Christmas Candles With less than a month until Christmas, the race is on to buy loved ones presents and stock the freezer with food. But before the big day, it’s time to deck the halls and dress the tree with one of the most integral parts of any ...

Christmas Candles

With less than a month until Christmas, the race is on to buy loved ones presents and stock the freezer with food. But before the big day, it's time to deck the halls and dress the tree with one of the most integral parts of any well decorated festive home, light.

Christmas Candle Traditions

The importance of candles during the festive season dates back to the beginning of Christianity, when on Christmas Eve a candle was lit to symbolise Christ, the light of the world. The story goes that it burned throughout the night to mark the nativity, lighting the way for Mary and Joseph. Since then, candles have continued to be integral in celebrating Christmas. During the Victorian era, candles were placed upon Christmas trees to symbolise the Star of Wonder. Whilst this relatively dangerous tradition has now been replaced with the use of fibre optic and LED Christmas lights, battery candles now allow for it to continue. 

Festive Candles

Christmas is not the only holiday which incorporates the warm glow of candles as an integral part of their festivities. During Hannukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, an eight-tiered menorah is lit over a period of eight days. Similarly, Kwanzaa includes the lighting of the mishumaa (seven candles) of Kwanzaa which signifies each of the Nguzo Saab (Seven Principles). As well as the religious roots of the candle tradition, they have also been used as a sign of hospitality to any traveller needing shelter.

Modern Flameless Candles

The story of modern day Christmas lights begins in 1917, when a 15-year-old named Albert Sadacca first had the idea to create safety Christmas lights for trees. In response to a tragic fire caused by Christmas candles, Sadacca adapted his family's range of ornamental novelty items into stings of lights. Whilst in the first year only a hundred sets of white lights were sold, the following year the introduction of brightly coloured bulbs created a multi-million dollar business. 

Our Battery Candles

Candles still play an important part in the festive period today, brightening wintery windowsills and illuminating family-filled dinner tables with their glow. This set of green and red battery operated tealights would look perfect on top of a mantelpiece, or this festive Luminara sage green flameless candle, made with real wax. We hope that your Christmas preparations are going well and that we can be of help with any of your battery candle needs.

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