Getting the LED Out of Christmas Lights: Christmas Tree Candles and Candle Holders Make a Comeback Coming soon to a tree near you? Vintage Christmas Tree Candles and Candle Holders make a comeback as shoppers go low-tech. Philadelphia-based Christmas tree shop unveils 'Slow Christmas' decor.
News-Antique.com - Nov 21,2016 - Philadelphia, November 21, 2016 – 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 don’t work. Sigh... you’re off to the big box store to find more.
Buying replacements is easy. When it comes to Christmas tree lights, it’s a binary proposition.
The choice is between energy-gobbling incandescent lights and soulless LED Christmas lights. Together, they’ve got a lock on holiday shelf space in stores across the country.
Welcome to the Christmas-Industrial Complex. Whether it’s new age LED lights or retro incandescent Christmas lights, we guzzle skull-flattening amounts of electricity to power our Christmas trees every holiday season -- more than some countries use in an entire year, according to the Center for Global Development.
The bottom line: We’re over-illuminating our holidays and falling prey to the blinding dazzle of Christmas bling. 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 tree candles and clip on 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 candle lights 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.
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 and expats from Germany and the Nordic countries who brought them to the new world and have never given them up.
And fortunately, these stalwarts are being joined by a generation of new adapters, who are unplugging for the holidays and starting to adorn their trees with hanging pendulum candle holders, Christmas tree candle clips and real Christmas candles.
These new converts are inventing a whole new Christmas design vibe based on the elegance and versatility of candlepower.
Whether your holiday design scheme is urban cool, vintage, country, Scandinavian, modern, French, retro, eclectic, lodge, Victorian or steampunk, Christmas tree candles and candle holders are among the simplest and most flexible Christmas decorations you can choose.
They add panache to any setting and do-it-yourselfers love them. In addition to the slim candles and candle holders also make a distinctive addition to a tablescape, as a design accent, on a wreath, in garlands, in window decorations and on the mantle, as hundreds 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