Is there anything quite like candlelight for creating magic … especially during the holidays? So simple, yet so captivating. We treasure those candlelit evenings, but we also love the fact that we can bask in their glow without even striking a match.
Our Battery-operated Candles are so realistic and easy to use, we call them Dream Candles. Not only do these flameless candles mirror their classic counterparts with amazing authenticity, but they also trump them with convenience and versatility.
The clever Imagineers™ at Disney developed these lights for use at the company’s theme parks. Combining electromagnetic and LED technology, they re-created the dancing movement of a real flame. Once it’s surrounded by real poured wax, this fabricated flame is hard to distinguish a from real one.
Because the Dream Candles eliminate the worry of an open flame, you can arrange them virtually anywhere – and surround them with ribbons and garland without a care. Set atop candlesticks like our Mercury Glass Candle Holders or Crackle Glass Candle Holders, they dazzle with their brilliance.
You can operate these candles with the included remote control. Or, set the timer to illuminate them five hours a day.
Dream Candles come in a range of sizes and colors. They’re also offered in rechargeable votives, window candles, vintage-inspired tree candles and outdoor pillars, so you can illuminate virtually every area of your house.
Like the idea of battery-operated holiday décor? Read “Christmas Unplugged: Holiday Lights Anywhere and Everywhere.”
As the Peanuts character Linus once wisely declared, “Happiness is a warm blanket.” And he didn’t even have a Faux Fur Throw.
One of the season’s hottest gifts, our wildly popular Faux Fur Throw is exactly what the doctor ordered when the weather outside is frightful.
Mimicking nature in the most exceptional way, these luxurious throws are the season’s dreamiest accessory. Using innovative fibers, we replicate the supple hand, pleasing thickness and distinctive colorations of real fur. Add plush softness and exceptional warmth, and they become positively irresistible.
Our fabulous Faux Fur Throw has garnered more than a few fans … and raves. Eve Marie from Miller Place, NY says, “Best throw ever! So soft I have three of them all around the house. My dogs can’t get enough either. I’ve had them for a year now, use them daily, and they still look new.”
Reviewer Barbara in Long Beach, CA exclaims, “The Faux Fur Throw arrived beautifully gift boxed and very promptly! It is luxurious and warm and larger than most throws, which was why I purchased it. Looks great on my leather sofa or my silk bedspread. A fabulous Christmas gift for me!!”
When overnight guests arrive for the holidays – or any time of year – a little extra hospitality goes a long way. Taking time to anticipate their needs will make them feel especially welcome.
Fresh flowers and a small basket of goodies make the guest room look warm and inviting. Fill the basket with small sundries that will stave off hunger and thirst no matter the time of day. Bottled spring water, fresh fruit, salted nuts, granola bars, foil-wrapped chocolates and mints are a cinch to set out and easy to eat.
Even if the stay is just a few nights, your guests will feel more at home if they’re able to unpack. Clear two or three drawers and make room in the closet. Supply a variety of hangers – about six to 10 sturdy ones – for trousers, jackets, dresses and coats. You may also consider buying a luggage rack so there’s a place for a suitcase other than the floor.
During the busy holiday season, it’s a brilliant entertaining trick to have a go-to main course that is as impressive as it is easy to prepare. That’s why we love the Slow-Roasted Pork Loin with Molasses and Balsamic Glaze from Food & Wine.
This sumptuous roast pork loin takes 30 minutes to prep, and most of that work can be done the night before. Then virtually all you have to do is slide it in the oven to cook while you wrap gifts, set the table or even take a nap.
A meal this delicious calls for an equally decadent wine, like the Beaujolais Pardon & Fils Juliénas Les Mouilles 2011, our Wine of the Month, part of Frontgate’s Reserve Top 12 hand-selected case. The Pardon family has been making acclaimed Beaujolais for six generations. This one hails from their family’s prized, single vineyard Les Mouilles – one of only 10 designated crus (or villages) in the historic Juliénas region.
Named for Julius Caesar, the village of Juliénas is home to some of the greatest Beaujolais of all. According to World Atlas of Wine legend (and big Beaujolais fan) Hugh Johnson, “no other cru has a higher overall standard.”
The Pardons’ recently released 2011 wine boasts all the fleshy red fruit and complex spice that make Juliénas wines so prized. And it’s already garnered 89 Points from Wine Enthusiast.
This superb red makes a great match for slow-roasted pork, as well as veal, most charcuterie and pâtés. Beaujolais locals often serve the wine slightly chilled (cellar temperature) … making it a perfect aperitif. If you have some left over at the end of the meal, try matching it with some semi-sweet dark chocolate.