November 19, 2009

The Winter Candles.

In Scandinavia, the lack of light in November and December means that we light multitude of candles through out our homes. It creates a cosy atmosphere and candles are an essential and a very common object in every Nordic home.

Around the holidays, it is common to place candles and a multitude of candle holders in the windows as well. Today though, in order to avoid fires, we have started to place electric candles in the windows and in the unattended rooms in our houses.
Recently I purchased two rechargeable electric candles, that look very much like the real deal. I have placed them in my bedroom window, up in the attic, next to my Christmas Cactus.
The beauty lies in their design but also in their practical use; they can be charged during the day and then left on in the evening for decoration. Furthermore they will shine all through the night, acting as a sort of a nightlight.

32 comments :

Kath said...

What a fabulous idea!I love candles in my home. I have seen battery operated ones, but these rechargeable ones are a much better option. They certainly lok very pretty.

Cairo Typ0 said...

I have a candle phobia. I'm always afraid they're going to catch on fire and burn the place down. (Something that almost happened once in India!) I love how pretty they are though. :)

Elizabeth said...

You are so right. I have no idea how many candles that serve us. Your idea is fantastic idea for the places where it is too dangerous to have real ones. Thanks.

Betsy said...

Those look very real. I love the atmosphere candles create! But it's the Christmas cactus that I'm so impressed with...it's huge!

steviewren said...

I've found myself lighting a candle more often as the days have gotten shorter as well. Your rechargeable candles look like the real thing. Someone had a great idea when they invented them.

I'm curious. What time is your sunrise and sunset now? Ours here is sun up at 6:23 today and sundown at 4:43. I'm driving home in the dark every day now. UGH!

Claus said...

They come up with the most clever ideas, don't they? Electric candles...who would've thought! They look lovely by the window. Thanks for sharing! *hugs*

Keith said...

That is so beautiful. I love them. Candles can definitely add atmosphere to a room. I use candles a lot.

Julie Hibbard said...

Those are gorgeous!! I have candles burning all the time in my house...I have to find out if these are available in my area as well.
Your home looks so peaceful...I look forward to visiting you someday!

Brian Miller said...

there is nothing quite like the atmosphere that candles provide. beautiful pics, as always. smiles.

Poetikat said...

Zuzana, if there's one thing with which I am familiar because of the Danes, it's candles! My father-in-law keeps their home well-lit all the time, but especially in the winter. I'm a bit nervous about doing that at our house with the four cats, but it does look lovely.

Zuzu said...

It looks beautiful, Zuzana, and the electric candles seem like a great idea!

Have a wonderful day,
Zuzu

Sumandebray said...

They look very natural in the pictures... are these solar powered like the other ones that you posted earlier?
It worth having a thought at the way we are moving (should I say progressing)... Natural wax to industrial wax and now totally a simulated candle!!! I wonder what next!! :)

Sumandebray said...

They look very natural in the pictures... are these solar powered like the other ones that you posted earlier?
It worth having a thought at the way we are moving (should I say progressing)... Natural wax to industrial wax and now totally a simulated candle!!! I wonder what next!! :)

Phivos Nicolaides said...

You proof again how much romantic your are Zuzana. The atmosphere of candles is super!! Love it.

Blogaire said...

Your candles look wonderful Protege, they give a warm and cosy feeling. I can imagine a Scandinavian Winter's night with the snow heavy on the ground and the candles flickering in your window.

Rosezilla said...

Mmmm.... lovely!

Elisa, The Unlikely Housewife said...

Lovely! I adore candles and you can't really tell those are electric ones!

Nessa said...

I love candles in winter. I have fake pillar candles that plug in and also produce lovely aromas like vanilla. You don't have to worry about children or pets knocking them over.

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sprinkles said...

I love candles. If my house ever caught on fire, all my candles would help keep it going. I don't light them often because I want to keep them all forever.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Nothing like candlelight and flickering firelight from the fireplace! It is part of the holidays here. I like the idea of the battery candles--no fire! A Good thing! I don'thave any yet, maybe this year. C.

jeannette stgermain said...

Love candles! I have a bezillion of them LOL Have never seen the electric ones...

staceyjwarner said...

so beautiful...candles create such a wonderful mood. i love them.

much love

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Warm light for the blue cold part of the year. I do love pretending there is no electricity! -J

Holly said...

I love these kind of candles!! I have several battery operated candles and they are sooo convenient. They give winter such a scense of warmpth.

Call me "MOOD", Mahmud. said...

Dear Zuzana,
Love those atmoshpere by the candle light.Very romantic, cosy and maybe a touch of mystery to the scene. Being rechargeable it is truly eco-friendly. Thanks again for droppin' by at my place:)

Protege said...

=Kath,
glad you enjoy my new candles, I love them too.;) xo

=Cairo,
I know what you mean; I never leave any candles burning unattended, I have a fire phobia.;) That is why these are great as they run on battery.;) xo

=Elizabeth,
yes, as you live here too, you will know.;) Always happy to see you visit.;) xo

=Betsy,
thank you so much, glad you enjoy the plant and the candles.;) xoxo

=stevie,
yes, these day I use the 6h and 8h tea lights, while in the summer the 4h can burn over many days. Our sunrise (if there is any sun;)occurs at 08:30 AM and the sun sets at 03:45 PM right now; but it will get much worse, with at least yet another hour less light by the end of December.;) xo

=Claudia,
yes, this is indeed a very clever idea my dear friend, I so agree.;) xoxo

=Keith,
glad you too love the atmosphere of the candlelight.;)))

=Julie,
thank you, you are always so kind! And I look forward to your visit one day as well.;) xo

Brian,
I knew a fellow romantic would appreciate this.;)

=Kat,
ah yes, you would understand this well, with your Danish connection.;) These would be a lovely addition though in a home with pets, as they are electric.;) xo

=Zuzu,
thank you and likewise, my dear friend.;) xoxo

=Sumandebray,
no, these are charged by plugging in into the socket only.;) And I agree, they can make anything fake look real these days.;) xo

=Phillip,
you know me well, thank you.;)

=Blogaire,
you describe it like a postcard.;) Yes it is that way at times, hopefully we will get some snow this year - but for Christmas, without snow storms late in March.;)

=Rosezilla,
thank you, glad you like this.;)) xo

=Elisa,
welcome and thank you for your visit.;)

=Nessa,
I would love to have fake candles that produce scent, have not seen those here.;) And you are right, these are safe around kids and animals.;) xo

=sprinkles,
that was fun, you are the first person I know who collect candles, how cool.;) xo

=C,
I agree with you completely; candles and fire make the winters bearable.;) Always enjoy when you or V stops by.;)xo

=jeannette,
I love candles, I am crazy about them in winter, or any time.;) xoxo

=Stacey,
I agree, it is so easy to relax by candlelight.;) xo

=J,
yes, one can certainly view it that way.;) These can work for awhile without electricity as well.;) xo

=Holly,
glad you agree my dear friend, I am sure you love the electric kind when you have so many little kids around.;))) xoxo

=”MOOD”,
love the new nick and the new picture.;) And so right you are in everything you say, glad to see you back.;)

Jill said...

A candle in the window just beckons your guests from afar!! ;)

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Lovely candles and lovely habit too... In India too we have this habit to keeping oil lamps that we call diya in the monthof december near the door...

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Lynne said...

I've always loved candles and certainly collected many more whilst we were in Sweden. I just love the way that they have lights at all the windows through the winter months, so magical.

Michael Manning said...

What could be more warm or inviting to anyone than a home with candles? There is a sense of calm and anticipation when you walk in and smell candles. To see them glowing! Nice!!

Hilary said...

A great idea. I dislike the soot left behind by some candles.. this sure would resolve that problem. And they look every bit as beautiful.

Protege said...

=Jill,
I hope so;) Thank you for your kind words.;) xo

=Mitr,
what a lovely custom, thank you for stopping by.;) xo

=Lynne,
I agree, they make the dark nights slightly more bearable.;)xo

=Hilary,
I so understand that, and the soot is actually dangerous too according to the news (I ignore that though and burn many real candles right now). I hope you can find these in your area.;) xo
=Michael,
you always leave the kindest comments; so right you are, I love candles too.;)