Christmas is approaching...

and I'm getting in the mood. Which is why the usual white porcelain shell candle holders have been set aside in favour of these:

This is a set of votive candle cups that I've just bought from Pottery Barn. The pictures -- mine and theirs -- don't do these 'soda lime glass' cups justice. The flame inside seems to be several, and to occupy different heights within the cup as the light is refracted off the silvery sides. All this is glimpsed through the uneven speckling of the outer glass colour. Simply delightful. The red one is my favourite: it looks like redcurrants, or liquified red garnets, poured into a mould.