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Holiday Candles ~ Holiday Gatherings

Updated on November 8, 2011

Decorating with Candles

Let there be light!

The holiday season is here. Tis the season for candlelight, carols and Christmas cheer.

Candles have the ability to reach something inside of us in a way that few things in our modern world can. There is an emotional trigger to the small flame that enriches our lives.

Nothing can help you unwind quite like a scented candle.

You can count on candles to create a relaxing and inexpensive focal point for your holiday gatherings.

There's something lovely and calming about the soft flicker of a candle flame. No wonder we love to decorate with them.

Candles are one of those basic items of decor that never seem to go out of syle and that's because they are adaptable and affordable.

Making creative candle displays for your home is and easy and fun way to stretch your decorating budget.

Everyday objects in your home can easily transform into a beautiful candleholder.

A pedestal cake stand surrounded by tea lights in a votive holder can create a beautiful display.

To create a look where nothing matches, you can use different glass vessels of different shapes and sizes to get the look that is very attractive.

Decorate with Candles


Your fireplace becomes a dramatic focal point when it is too warm for a log fire.  It is very simple to create a tiered effect by using candle holders of varying sizes.  A mirror placed on the floor of the fireplace will reflect the flickering flames for a more beautiful look.


Another tip is to turn small vases upside down and place candles on top of them creates a look that is truly unique. There are also fireplace candelabras made specifically for holding candles inside a fireplace.


Another great tip is to cluster candles on the fireplace mantle by putting them all on one side or several on each side, for a beautiful effect.


Each candle should be placed in candle holders of different styles and of the same material, such as bronze or pewter for a look that is stylish and beautiful.


Large pillar candles or colonial candles surrounded by fresh or silk flowers of the season transforms any area into a scene of beauty.


Candle Light Magic


The flickering glow of a candlelight often seems magical. The light adds a sense of peace and relaxation to any setting.


Using different candles such as scented candles, woodwork candles, taper candles, scented jar candles to decorate a room, or an outdoor area, creates a feeling of warmth as they cast their soft golden light throughout the entire area.


Candles set a mood by creating and ambiance and stirs the imagination, wherever they are displayed.


Soy candles and taper candles displayed in an entryway always send an inviting message to guests as they come inside, making them feel warm and welcome.


Elegant taper candles enhances their impact by adding style and elegance to any home.

Floating Candles


A display of floating candles make a gorgeous table centerpiece. The combinations of candles and containers are endless. You can place floating flower candles in your favorite cut glass bowl for a romantic look or use ornaments and tea light candles for a festive holiday theme.


You can add elegance and beauty to your floating candles by surrounding the bowl with fresh or silk flowers. This enhances the feeling of romance by placing small flowers, flower petals or fruit slices in the water with the floating candles.


For a table that is large and rectangular, floating candle arrangements placed in a row down the center of the table creates a lovely centerpiece. The candles give a shimmering effect to the entire length of the table and create a look that is very striking and dramatic.

Candle Tips

Candle Safety

1. Always place lit candles away from foilage, furniture, curtains and other items.

2. Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

3. Never leave burning candles unattended.

4. Keep candles away from hair and clothing.

5. Always place candles upright in holders that can't easily fall over.

6. Always be sure candles are properly extinguished.

Whether it is for a special occasion or for everyday enjoyment, knowing how to design and decorate with candles, adds beauty, warmth and a unique style to your home.


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Agreed...candles are good in all kinds of settings year round.

    • Cheryl J. profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl J. 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for the lovely comment on candles for holiday gatherings. Candles are welcomed anytime of the year and can be used anywhere.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Like you said...who doesn't like candles? Holiday candlelight is perfect but whether used for holiday gatherings or other times of the year, giving candles makes for a perfect gift. Thanks for the reminder!


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