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Candle in the Wind(ow)
The Switchables stained glass Candle raises the burning question: Are you on the inside looking out, or on the outside looking in? Either way, this colorful night light cover's cheerful glow evokes warmth and domesticity. The tiny Christmas bulbs around the window frame look and glow just like the real thing.
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sold separately). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup. Click the Related Products tab to see other display ideas. Switchables make gift-giving easy: Start your recipient out with a fixture and one or two covers, then buy him or her new covers on future gift-giving occasions.
Are you curious...?
In colonial times, especially on the frontier, neighbors lived far apart and travelers often faced a vast wilderness. People would put a single candle in a window to beckon weary travelers or to welcome expected guests. Sometimes a candle announced a birth in the family or honored a visiting dignitary. Such welcome beacons could be lifesavers in stormy weather. In wartime, women would promise to keep a candle burning in the window for sons or husbands going off to battle. How the traditional candle in the window became a Christmas tradition isn't clear, because Christmas was not a very big holiday in colonial America. A Boston landscape architect remembered that in 1893 his family started placing lit candles in the windows of four public buildings in colonial Williamsburg from 5 pm to 10 pm between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Visitors liked what they saw and wanted to take the practice home. Any open flame, of course, was dangerous, so it didn't really catch on until electric candles became available.