Coming Soon to a Tree Near You? Christmas Tree Candles and Candle Holders on Comeback Course Adorning our Christmas trees with candles is part of our Christmas DNA. This tradition from
the pre-electric era is re-emerging as the ultimate Christmas design hack.
News-Antique.com - Nov 27,2014 - Christmas Tree Candles and Clip On Candle Holders: Our grandparents grew up with them.
Expats who bring them over from the old country use them every year. Pinterest-lovers pin them. Christmas trend scouts are discovering them. And home design geeks love them.
But ask the average holiday shopper about Christmas candle lights and you’ll get a puzzled look.
Why? Because when it comes to Christmas lights, LED rules. LED Christmas tree lights, LED icicles and ready-made LED Christmas trees have gobbled up market share and squeezed out other alternatives, just as incandescent Christmas lights did before them.
Soulless and frigid. And on par with neon strip club lighting, LED Christmas tree lights have flooded trees in living rooms across the country. They’re virtually the only show in town.
But adorning our trees with candles is part of our Christmas DNA. And Christmas tree candles are on a comeback course.
Finding a product that has been nearly extinct for ninety years isn't easy. But shop owner Tom Conrad sources the vintage Christmas tree candle holders directly from Germany.
Conrad’s web shop Christmas Gifts from Germany is a low-tech refuge for shoppers who are looking for alternatives to LED Christmas lights and incandescent Christmas tree lights.
“We work with a small family-owned producer in Bavaria. It's the only one left that still makes Christmas candle clips and pendulum candle holders that are true to the original designs,” says Conrad, who knows the owners and the village where the decorations are made.
“It’s a small, craft-scale process. Shaped, die cut, and deeply embossed, riveted and spring-powered, swivel-mounted and counterbalanced -- each candle holder is a design wonder. They’re simple and absolutely ingenious,“ he added.
The Christmas Gifts from Germany product line includes a vintage-look clip (or candle clip) on a swivel base in gold or silver, made especially to hold Christmas tree candles.
It also includes a brilliant clip-on Christmas tree candle holder with a star design. Also available are several styles of counter balance hanging pendulum Christmas tree candle holders in gold and silver, including a special version for tea lights.
The shop also features special drip-less Christmas candles, made especially to fit the holders and traditional Christmas bell chimes (Änglaspel). Candles are available in red and white. The high-quality imported candles are not available in big box stores, retail candle shops or hardware stores.
For the inventor or design re-purposer, candle clips and hanging pendulum candle holders are the ultimate Christmas design hack. They spark the imagination and lend themselves to all sorts of unscripted uses beyond the Christmas tree.
They add elegance to a tablescape or hanging holiday wreath. The candles throw off a vintagey old country warmth and can be used to scallop the edge of a serving plate, in a mistletoe garland or to trim the mantel.
Without a candle, the clips do double duty as as label-holders or place card clips. They appeal to the traditionalist as well as the design hacker, who loves to invent new