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Do you need to buy somebody an inexpensive wedding gift, or decorate a honeymoon suite? This stained glass nightlight cover adds a touch of whimsy without being overly cute. Switchables covers with "SW" catalog numbers use the traditional process with a metal frame, as opposed to the fused-glass "SF" models.
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. 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...?
Just about every culture over the past several thousand years has had some form of marriage, or formal recognition of pair bonding. A lot of traditions came and went over all that time, many of them leaving symbols even in traditional modern American ceremonies. The ritual of tying shoes to the back of a couple's getaway car is still with us, but do you know where it came from? As with most things lost in the mists of time, sources disagree.
One story traces the custom all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. A bride's shoes symbolized possession. They were taken away from her when she entered the wedding site, both to emphasize her transfer of dependency and to keep her from running away. Her father handed them over to the groom to symbolically transfer responsibility, and the new husband then bopped her on the head with a shoe to demonstrate his mastery over her. Lovely tradition, huh? You can imagine why that shoe ritual isn't popular anymore, but what about tying them to the bumper?
Wedding guests used to throw shoes at the departing couple's carriage; hitting the vehicle was considered good luck. One source traces this practice to Tudor England, while another puts it all the way back in 5th-century Anglo-Saxon times. Over time enough newlyweds got beaned (intentionally or accidentally) that people decided throwing shoes was dangerous and rude and started tying them to the bumper instead. When people got tired of hopping home on one shoe they switched to tin cans and other noisemakers.