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4 September 2023 | 0 min read

The Christmas Candle Tradition

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Many families – perhaps even most – have a tradition of burning candles on Christmas day. These traditions take many forms: burning candles at the dinner table, lighting angel chimes, or arranging displays of pillar candles and tea-lights. Enjoying Christmas dinner by candlelight is particularly popular; your guests will never be disappointed by the display!

Candlelight has been irrevocably linked to the festive season for many, many years. After all, fairy lights are meant to mimic the hue and quality of candlelight. Candles were the original tree decoration, before electric light took their place in the mid-1900s. Nevertheless, candlelight still evokes the spirit of the season, perhaps more so than any other decoration.

A newer tradition, and one quickly gaining traction, is to burn a scented candle on the evening of Christmas Eve. This makes it a lovely gift idea for Christmas Eve, in fact! Festive presents are often difficult to give, as the recipient can’t properly enjoy their new decoration until the following year. However, gifting a festive scented candle is perfect: you can begin to burn the candle straight away, and still have enough left over to burn the following year!

Pinetum remains the perfect candle for the festive season, a rich and powerful blend of pine needles, cedar, and cinnamon. We designed Pinetum to be a quintessential Christmas fragrance – a luxury scented candle that perfectly captures the essence of Christmas trees and snowy winter nights. And – you didn’t hear it from us – it may be a great way to make an artificial Christmas tree seem a little more authentic!

If you’re looking to continue (or begin!) your candle-burning tradition, you truly cannot go wrong with Pinetum.


Charles Farris is one of Britain’s oldest candlemakers with firm roots in Victorian London, and proud Royal Warrant holders. Our range of luxury scented candles are made using time-worn, traditional crafting techniques that date back to 1845.


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