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Candles Bring Shimmer to the Holiday Season

Whether decorating the house, setting the holiday table or trimming the tree, this holiday season is sure to be a shimmering one.

Glistening surfaces abound on just about everything associated with the holidays this year, from glittered ornaments and gift wrap to the metallic shimmer of mercury glass votive holders and sparkly table arrangements.

Sophisticated Colors

Traditional reds and greens remain as popular as ever, but this year’s yuletide colors are especially rich and sophisticated.   Deep port reds and mossy forest greens are frequently contrasted with soft, creamy whites.  Shimmering gold and silver accents seem to add just the right iridescent touch to casual, traditional or contemporary styles.

New for the 2012 holidays are coastal blues and blue greens that add a special light and airy feel, and are often paired with decorations featuring nubby linen textures and raffia tones that work well with vintage looks.  Accessories in glittery jewel tones of purple, hot pink and chartreuse are also on the scene and add a bit of contemporary whimsy and good cheer.

Decorating with Candles

Candle arrangements are more popular than ever for holiday decorating, whether in small groupings for the entry hall or more intricate combinations for the mantel or sofa table.

A grouping of red or green tapers, pillars, or jar candles can quickly and easily add an elegant dash of holiday color to any setting, and bring a special shimmer when paired with metallic candle holders, a luminous accessory or two, and a few sprigs of greenery to soften the effect. If you’re planning on grouping a trio of candles, keep the candles in one color, but vary the height of the candle holders (and their style if you prefer) to achieve a “decorator’ look.

Natural greenery is the perfect partner for holiday candle arrangements. Consider draping boughs of pine or fir across the mantel highlighted with elevated groupings of candles, and pretty ornaments or grosgrain ribbons filling in the greenery.   Use red candles or a combination of red and green or red and white candles highlighted with gold, silver or faceted glass accessories for a dramatic holiday statement.  Combining green, watery blue or ivory candles in sparkling glass or silver candleholders nestled in snow-flocked greenery for a wintry palette that can easily transition through January.

Bring the holiday spirit to the table with centerpiece arrangements that incorporate the magical glow of candlelight. For casual holiday dinners, try red or green placemats with ivory pillars or tealights in glass votive holders marching down the center of the table amid swirls of red-and-green tartan ribbon. For a more formal look, place a low floral arrangement with red flowers in the center of the table, flanked on each side by the tealights and ribbon swirls, and substituting a soft white tablecloth or placemats.

Yuletide Fragrances

Ah…the aromas of Christmas.  This year’s holiday candle fragrances include the sure-to-please scents of evergreen, cinnamon, spice, gingerbread and bayberry, as well as scores of nuanced winter scents to fill your home with wonderful fragrance.

Sweet and savory fragrance combinations with hints of nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, peppermint, sugar cookie, or chocolate are sure to evoke childhood holiday memories.  Icy, fresh and watery fragrances highlighted with notes of amber or dark woods are also popular this year, and a delightful way to bring the scents of a winter wonderland into your home.

Make Your Holidays Safe

Accidental candle fires increase dramatically during the holiday season, so the National Candle Associations urges all consumers to take special care with candles during the holidays.

Always keep a burning candle within your sight. Never leave a burning candle unattended.

Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Be especially careful with flammable decorations or placing candles too close to Christmas greenery or Christmas trees.

Always use a sturdy, heat-resistant candleholder specifically designed for candle use and big enough to collect any dripping wax.

Never place candles directly on furniture, whether glass or wood, or directly on greenery.

Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch before lighting or re-lighting, and keep the wax-pool free of wick trimmings, dust, matches and debris at all times. Too-long wicks can cause uneven burning, smoking and dripping.

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