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Fun Christmas Candle Games

There’s lots of fun to be had with candles during Christmas time when the house is often full of folks wanting to have a bit of fun. Here are five original games to play and make the most out of your candles.

Candle Car Racing

Attach a short candle to a matchbox or small piece of wood (your ‘car’) by melting a bit of wax onto the surface and placing the candle firmly onto it before it solidifies. Then get a long piece of string, between a metre or two in length, and tie one end to your candle car and the other end to a pen or pencil. After lighting the candle and laying out the string, you must ‘drive’ your car to the finish line by winding the string around the pencil. If the car topples or the candle goes out then you must stop and set it right and relight the flame before continuing.

Candle Archery Contest

It’s not really archery, I suppose, because the bow and arrow is simply your breath, but the principle is basically the same. Set up a series of target candles, each further away than the last, and attempt to blow them out one at a time, scoring points according to the distance between you and the candle. The ideal candle for this kind of game would be the Bolsius Tapered Candles as they are sturdy, colourful and available at a good price.

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Battle-Candle-Ships

Two blindfolded players stand facing each other while holding a lit candle in one hand. They can move it to wherever they like but must keep it in that place for the entirety of their opponent’s move. Then they take turns trying to blow their opponent’s candle out, though they can only blow in one direction (no whirling about blowing everywhere). It will need a referee, or even better why not team up and have sighted partners give directions, perhaps with some restrictions on what they can say to help their blindfolded teammate.

Candle Relay Racing

There are couple of varieties of this kind of game you can try. One version is to give two teams two candles each and light them to begin. Then, the first players have to blow out one candle and relight it with the other, before blowing out the second candle and relighting it with the first candle. Then he passes the two relit candles onto his teammate who repeats the process. Another version is to use just one candle but provide the team with a lighter or box of matches, and each player has to blow out the candle and then relight it before passing it on.

Fireman Frenzy

An outdoors game, unless you don’t mind drenching your living room carpet, in which you line up a series of candles at suitable distances from each other and attempt to extinguish the flames with water. Various methods can be applied, from taking a mouthful of water from a cup and aiming with your mouth or even using a water pistol. You can have singles competition or team up and try to put out all the candles before the other mob. As the candles get soaked, it can be a good idea to use plain Unscented Tealight Candles as they are cheap and plentiful.

The History of Candles at Christmas

Similar to Christmas trees, baubles and tinsel, warm, flickering candlelight represents the spirit and culture of Christmas. This special time of year is rich in tradition, with many of the iconic festive symbols dating back hundreds of thousands of years. It has to be said that when it comes to ancient Christmas rituals, candles date back further than the turkey. Take a look at the fascinating history of Christmas candles.

Candle Celebrations

St Lucia Candle Celebration
St Lucia Candle Celebration

Christianity & Candles

As Christianity spread throughout the world candles became an increasingly potent symbol of the Christian religion, particularly at Christmas. During the festive season candles began to be placed in the front windows of the homes of Christians as a means of guiding the Christ Child as he wandered from house to house of Christmas Eve. This candle tradition still exists in many parts of Europe at Christmas.

Other candle traditions are used by different Christian nations throughout Europe and the world. For example, in Sweden, St. Lucia is celebrated by the youngest girl in a household either carrying or wearing a crown of small lit taper candles.


The Star of Bethlehem

One of the earliest records of candles being used as a celebration of Christmas is in the Middle Ages when a large candle was to symbolise the star of Bethlehem. Some Christians refer to Jesus as being the ‘Light of the World’. It is this reference to Jesus that has been cited as having started the custom of Advent Candles. Today this ancient type of festive candle is a popular tradition in many homes. Available in a wide range of designs, Advent Candles enable you to excitedly count down to Christmas.

The Roman Festival of Saturnalia

Another early use of candles at Christmas recorded was during the Roman Festival of Saturnalia. It is widely believed that during this popular Roman festival, tall tapers of wax were given as presents to those who attended the festival. The wax tapers were then offered to Saturn as a symbol of his light. Today, thin tapered candles are also known as Nova candles and are often brought out at Christmas to help create a soft, atmospheric and festive vibe.

The Pagans’ Yule Festival

According to the history books the Pagans used candles to represent symbols of light during Yule festivities. Both bonfires and candles were used to symbolise the sun, to kiss farewell to the old seasons and to celebrate the arrival of a new cycle of seasons.

Candles on the Christmas Tree during Victorian Times

In contemporary society it is now common practice to have electric strands of light draped over Christmas trees. This has not always been the case as in Victorian times, many Christians decorated trees real real candles. The flames of the likes of pillar candles were considered to be representative of the star that guided the Three Wise Men to Jesus.

Today candles in many different styles and forms are still used to exemplify and characterise the unique and special traditions and atmosphere of Christmas.

 

10 Reasons to Have Candles at Christmas

We’re getting close now and soon we’ll be digging out the box of tinsel and hanging all sorts of wotsits on the tree, shaking the presents under it while listening and trying to figure out what might be inside, and dusting off the trusty old Christmas knitwear. While we’re all starting to think about how to decorate the home this year, here are ten reasons why stocking up on a few candles this Christmas should be a priority.

Candles For Light
Candles For Light
Candles For Rememberance
Candles For Remembrance
Candles For Comfort
Candles For Comfort

 

Have You Bought Your Christmas Candles Yet?

Everyone knows that candles and Christmas go together. Think you have enough candles at home to see you through the holidays? You may find you’ve burnt most of your stock! To remind you of just how important candles are for Christmas, we have 10 great reasons to stock up well before December the 25th…

10) An obvious reason to stock up on candles is that they’re a reliable source of light. By enjoying Christmas by candlelight you can also save on a bit of electricity which you can then immediately unsave by leaving the TV on all day.

9) The light of a candle isn’t just useful for seeing things by. The warm glow of a candle is comforting and gives the room a soft dim-lit effect which enhances good moods and aids relaxation. Candles have long been known to help mood enhancement during meals, hence why the candlelit dinner is so popular.

8) Watch your Christmas decorations come alive by candlelight. Reflective decorations like silvery tinsel and the glass baubles hanging from your tree will gently flicker and shimmer with the reflections of the candle’s flame.

7) Organising a big dinner with all the bits and bobs can be quite stressful, which is why a few aromatherapy candles can help maintain a calming atmosphere. Try dotting a few Price’s Aromatherapy Scented Jar Candles around the kitchen and the soothing aromas will help you stay on top of everything.

6) On the subject of scented candles, they have a much more practical use when you consider everyone in the house will have been stuffing their faces all day. Eating and drinking more than usual will often result in windy exultations which can be rather oppressive if not dealt with.

5) There are also certain scents which enhance the Christmas spirit due to their associations with winter and the holiday season. Scents like pine and cinnamon are perfect for Christmas day. Try lighting a Yankee Apple & Pine Needle Multi-Wick Candle to keep everyone in that Christmassy mood all day long.

4) Speaking of the Christmas spirit, what better way to mark the important Christian occasion by thinking about how they used to live back In Jesus’ day. Candles and oil lamps were all they had to light the night time back then, so remember how hard they had it and consider all the good things we have today and be thankful to God if you’re religious or to human creativity if you’re not.

3) Having a few candles lit around the room will also help keep the temperature up. Ultimately, they’re little tiny fires and any source of heat during the winter time is not to be sniffed at. Little huddles of three or four candles in safe places around the room will help keep the room nice and cosy.

1) Finally, light a candle this Christmas because they’re just not meant to be inactive ornaments. Some of them might be beautiful to look at but their life has no meaning unless they’re burning down and melting away. That is their purpose, not gathering dust on a windowsill. So let them live their lives and love them for the few evenings that they burn bright for our comfort and enjoyment.

New Water Garden Woodwick Jar Candle

If you love the calming crackle from the Woodwick candle range as well as the magnificent and heavenly fragrances, then you’re sure to fall in love with our brand new Water Garden candle by Woodwick.

Water Garden Jar Candle

Water Garden Jar Candle
Water Garden Jar Candle

Available in both medium and large, this sensational aqua coloured Water Garden candle will leave you feeling extremely relaxed and ready to settle down for the night. These spectacular scented candles are well known for creating the sound of crackling fire and it’s long burning time of approximately 100 hours for the 10oz jar and 180 hours for the 22oz jar.

This unique organic candle is made from the highest quality soy wax. The light aqua colour will coordinate with absolutely any décor and the exhilarating scent of soft violet leaves, cool waters and soothing lavender will whisk you away onto cloud 9. Take time out to relax after a tiring day at work and stressful weekend with the kids and make time for yourself. Everyone will be amazed with the fresh and uplifting aroma as well at the gorgeous jar and lid design.

Woodwick Trilogy Jar Candles

Be amazed by Woodwick’s fantastic Trilogy candles! These spectacular candles are made up of your three favourite scents and put into one candle. As the candle burns it will gently release the three incredible perfumes and bring a touch of homely freshness into each room. Each fragrance and colour melts into the next layer, creating a unique and new aroma every time. We have chosen three of our favourite trilogy jars which you’ll absolutely love burning all around the home.

Hidden Garden Trilogy Jar Candle
Hidden Garden Trilogy Jar Candle
Gentle Rain Trilogy Jar Candle
Gentle Rain Trilogy Jar Candle

Freshly Baked Trilogy Jar Candle
Freshly Baked Trilogy Jar Candle


Candles for Colour Therapy

As well as being delightful additions to your home décor, candles are ideal for relaxation techniques such as meditation and colour therapy. The quiet and gentle burning of candle flames helps one focus and to forget the troubles of the day. Colour therapy, like reiki, is believed to help one deal with unwanted fears and character traits and enhance and attract desired qualities. Practitioners say that colour therapy uses the different frequencies of the light spectrum to have an effect on health and well being.

Citronella Pillar Candle
Citronella Pillar Candle
Candles for Colour Therapy
Candles for Colour Therapy
Black Pillar Candle
Black Pillar Candle


Candles of Every Colour

Proponents of Colour Therapy say that it can be used for any problem including overall relaxation therapy. Colour therapy should not, however, as an alternative to medical advice. Candles are ideal for creating a meditative mood. Burn coloured candles whilst focusing your intentions on enhancing your mind, body, and spirit.

  • Yellow Candles are believed to enhance meditation and improve memory.
  • Green Candles are said to bring luck, money, growth, and confidence.
  • Black Candles are thought to release negative energies and induce deep meditation.
  • White Candles are said to purify, protect, and give peace, enhancing one’s spirituality.
  • Red Candles are believed to promote strength, love, and psychic protection.
  • Gold Candles are hailed as magnets for luck and good fortune.
White Pillar Candle
White Pillar Candle
Red Smart Candle Melted Look
Red Smart Candle Melted Look

Gold Pillar Candle
Gold Pillar Candle



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