We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'm sure readers have surmised that we are not big on fake things here at Maggie's Farm. We are sort of stuck on that 1960s authenticity thing.
However, we will make an exception for a few fake candles. Mrs. BD used them over the holidays for decorating tables and pine-strewn mantles, and I had to confess that they were quite pleasant and realistic with a waxy look and feel, and have the benefit of not burning down your house on Christmas Eve while you are busy carving the goose.
Real is better, but there's a role for these fake things. They seem to come in all shapes.
I think she got her collection of them at Bed Bath and Beyond the Budget, but they can be found all over the internet now.
"Real" candles today, unless made from beeswax, cause greasy gray film to build walls over time, to say nothing of what this stuff might do to the lungs of the young. I vote for beeswax (never ending supply of leftovers from the spouse's "bells and smells" church) on the dinner table. Best, beeswax seems to be fairly drip free. I have used battery operated tea candles with partially burned, hollowed out pillar candles on mantels. There is always at least one catastrophic candle related fire around here every year. I hope these candles shown get wider use.
Look for the ones with three LEDs, either separate or contained in a glass bubble. They work together to create a flickering effect that is more realistic than the single LED variety. The flickering light, combined with the real wax shell, make for a pleasing ambiance when real candles are too dangerous to use.