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Keep the Home Fires Burning
Don't risk burning down the house when you light up this stained glass Christmas Candle cover. Switchables night light covers with catalog numbers beginning with "SW" use the traditional metal frame construction. ("SF" covers use the newer fused glass process.)
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sorry, we are permanently sold out -- clicking that link will take you away from our store). 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.
Are you curious...?
In 1936 Colonial Williamsburg strung some colored lights on 10 evergreen trees in its historical area to mark Christmas. The historical association's president was less than thrilled with this anachronism and directed his research department to find a traditional holiday practice that they could revive. Unfortunately, it turned out that Christmas wasn't a big holiday in colonial New England (in fact, it was illegal in some states), and the historians came up empty. Then one staff member remembered a tradition that his family had begun in Boston in 1893. So they lit a single candle between 5 and 10 pm from Christmas Eve to New Years Eve in each window of the Williamsburg buildings that were open to the public. People loved the look, but were wary of fire in old wooden buildings; the rector of the church insisted that the candles be placed in a pan of water, and paid four janitors $1 per day to tend them. After they replaced the candles with electric lights, visitors asked for electronic candles they could take home. The first lot of 600 sold out quickly in 1941 and a new tradition was born. The practice is more popular than ever today and is correctly attributed to Colonial Williamsburg...which hastens to point out that it was never a historically accurate Christmas decoration.