Monday, December 24, 2018

Simple Christmas Decor

I love this minimalist Christmas tree and package wrapping. Simple is good. My neighbors across the street put out luminaria last year on Christmas Eve and this year they invited all the people on the street to do so too. They ordered all the supplies. I decided to only do my front walk and just finished putting out my white paper bags filled with sand with a fat candle inside. I won't be home when it's time to light them so my neighbors will light mine. It will look so nice when I come home.

lu·mi·nar·i·a
noun
a Christmas lantern consisting of a votive candle set in a small paper bag weighted with sand and typically placed with others along a driveway, sidewalk, or rooftop as a holiday decoration.

UPDATE: I was amazed at how long the luminaries lasted after they were lit at dusk. The special candles lasted for almost 12 hours. My neighbors ordered them here.

9 comments:

lisa said...

I love luminarias, but I'm not sure I understand how they are kept from catching fire.

Nancy Brantley said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Content in a Cottage said...

lisa -- I turned over the top of the luminary bags to make a nice collar to keep the bags nice and upright. My neighbor didn't put enough sand in my bags and I had to top it off with kitty litter deep enough to keep the big fat candles upright. I have to find out what kind of candles they were because they were very long burning. We lit them at 4:30 and they were still burning at midnight. They were so beautiful. It's nice when your neighborhood gets a new Christmas Eve tradition.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Nancy Bradley -- I had a great Christmas. Hope you did too.
xo, Rosemary

lisa said...

A very Merry Christmas to you, Rosemary.

Content in a Cottage said...

lisa, Thank you. Hope yours was Merry too.
xo, Rosemary

Rebecca said...

What a splendid idea. Share the candle maker because I want to do this next New Years and maybe Christmas.

Blessings,
Rebecca

Content in a Cottage said...

Rebecca -- I found the link for those long-burning candles my neighbor ordered for the white paper bags we set out: http://www.marlincandle.com/products.htm
These fat 4-1/2" candles are perfect for luminaries and burn for 10-12 hours depending on wind conditions.
xo, Rosemary

Tonita said...

Thanks for visiting Shabby Chic Tiny Retreat. You have a lovely blog and I especially like this post about luminaries. I am already considering ordering these next Christmas. Thanks and hope you are blessed this Christmas time. Happy (almost) New Year.