What Are Christmas Luminaries?

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Christmas luminaries are festive and traditional lighting fixtures made by placing candles in bags, cans, pots or jars to light an outdoor pathway. While it is possible to purchase prepared luminaries, some people make their own out of common materials.

Luminaries are typically placed a few feet apart along a driveway, next to the edge of a lawn or around the perimeter of a patio. Though the lights are generally safe, it is best to place them away from anything flammable, such as plants and shrubs. The most basic Christmas luminaries are made from votive candles set in sand inside small brown paper bags.