I love decorating with cardinals at Christmas. QVC has been selling a variety of flameless candles (candles that flicker without a real flame) for a long time now and have branched out to things that light up, like these Candle Impressions Flameless Bird Candles With Timers. These are QVC item # H200306.
This is a set of three cardinals (and there is a set of bluebirds available too) that have an inner "glow" when turned on. They are made of a hard wax and are painted. The quality is good and they look nice when displayed and not like cheap plastic junk. The second photo here is a picture of the birds in the dark. When these are lit, they look a lot like the first photo but the birds glow and have an inner flicker like there is a candle lit inside. These don't heat up at all, since the flicker inside is fake, so there is no need to worry about the wax melting or heat damaging anything. These take a CR2450 lithium battery, which is included. Each battery lasts approximately 500 hours. The birds can be displayed with no light on, with the timer on (it will come on at the same time every day and will stay on for five hours) and also in "on" mode, where they will stay lit until you turn them off. I have had my birds turned on to the timer mode (the switch is on the bottom of the bird, near the battery cover) several evenings just to see how they are.
I will be excited to decorate with these unique bird candles at Christmastime this year. I am really looking forward to it. I paid $18.45 plus tax and shipping for the set of 3 from QVC during a Christmas special last month, but the price is now $21.14 plus tax and shipping.
Note: The photos shown here are my own and were taken by me.