09 November 2012

Stock Up on Christmas Candles Before the Holidays

For Christmas I like to have the table set with my best dishes and glassware. I use my best linen tablecloths and serviettes and I bring out the crystal candelabra and fill it with beautiful scented candles. Sometimes, if the day is cool enough, we even light them. Usually they just look pretty on the table.

So how frustrating is it to plan the perfect holiday and get ready to purchase a sought after item like Christmas candles and you can’t find the scent you want because all of the good ones are gone?

If you wait, you’ll get stuck with the leftovers - the ones that have been picked over and no one else wanted.

Why do people put off buying what they need until the last minute? Until they have join the herd of people trying to shop? It’s certainly not fun, especially when it's hot and humid. Part of the reason why we put off shopping (besides those of us who are procrastinators at heart) is because we fall into line and we follow tradition. What’s so great about a tradition that raises your blood pressure and creates mass clouds of rudeness? Nothing.

If, like me, you like candles on your Christmas table, don’t wait until the holidays are right in front of you to stock up on your Christmas candles. Don’t put yourself in the stressful position where you must get the candles. Get them early so you can relax.

I never spend more than $5 on the Christmas candles. Sometimes I find the perfect candle at the market, other times it will be a department store like Myer or even a discount store like the Reject Shop. I've even found beautiful candles at fetes.  I've never bought one from specialist boutique, they are usually way out of my price range and I've found the scents are really overpowering. I like a hint of scent, not an overwhelming cloud of cinnamon or cranberry while we're eating.

To keep your candles burning longer, and to help stop them dripping (you can also get dripless candles) put them in the freezer for a couple of hours before you light them. They'll burn true and bright, without dripping for hours.

Did you know the symbolism behind having candles at Christmastime? Years ago, candles were said to give light in order to keep bad things at bay. They were given as gifts to symbolize new beginnings and they were used as a symbol of bringing families together - hence the marriage unity candle you see in some wedding ceremonies.

You can see candles glowing in windows in some of the beautiful Christmas paintings we have today. The candles in the window symbolize welcoming loved ones home and giving light to help the lost on their way.

Candles lend an elegant touch to warm family gatherings as you dine for holiday dinners. You don’t want to have to settle for just any old candle when you go to purchase yours for this season of celebration. Go ahead and get yours now so that you can get the best of the selection before the crowds hit the shopping circuit and get all the best Christmas candles, not to mention the best buys!

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