I have always thought of Christmas in red & green, silver & blue, gold & white but preferably in red. I grew up with the classic red Christmas – Santa Clauses, angels, sparklers, candles & stars – that were the ordinary attributes. We often used oranges & red apples as Christmas decorations. Even today, I think of Christmas when I feel the smell of peeled orange. It’s a pleasant feeling. To think of black as a Christmas colour would never have crossed my mind, or rather – my parents mind, then.
There are no limitations today. I like the variety of Christmas decorations & color combinations. In my former job, I think I’ve used all kinds of props for Christmas displays, shop-remodeling & interior design. You’re exposed to a constant change & influence in the profession, in terms of range, styles & trends. One’s taste changes with time, I also think one becomes more picky … but maybe it’s personal, what do I know. It’s easy to fall into the same habits & do the same things without thinking of it. But no matter which Christmas you prefer, I wonder whether you would survive without all the candles. I know I wouldn’t! It’s beautiful with lit candles but calming & relaxing too.
I read somewhere, that Sweden uses 18,000 tonnes of light per year. Most candles are made of paraffin which contributes to global warming when they burn, just like oil & gas. If everyone in Sweden would choose candles instead of paraffin, the outcome would be the same as if we removed 15,000 cars from the streets! And if the entire Scandinavia switched to candles, it would mean around 30,000 cars! Worth thinking about, right?
Enjoy the time leading up to Christmas / Marie