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Our Switchables stained glass nightlight cover brings a warmly glowing Christmas tree indoors without all those messy needles.
The fused-glass process enables Switchables to create a new generation of nightlight covers like none you've ever seen before. Instead of being folded and soldered like traditional Switchables covers, these pieces of glass are fused together with flash heat for more brilliant colors and intricate designs with no metal borders. Bits and strips of glass are bonded to a slightly curved, clear or colored background panel.
You can identify a fused-glass Switchables cover by its "SF" item number. Traditional Switchables start with "SW".
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...?
Several different ancient peoples used evergreen trees and boughs to symbolize eternal life. Pagan Europeans worshipped trees, and converting to Christianity didn't banish the Scandinavian practice of bringing a tree indoors to ward off the devil and encourage birds to visit. One popular story says that Saint Boniface cut down a sacred oak tree that Germans worshipped and replaced it with an evergreen, whose triangular shape evoked the Holy Trinity and pointed to heaven.
Whatever the details, by the early 18th century Christmas trees were common in towns of the upper Rhineland. The Catholics of the lower Rhine regarded it as a Protestant thing, so the practice remained confined to the north for a long time. The German army sealed the deal when it placed Christmas trees in its barracks and hospitals during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870; By the end of the century it was seen as a sign of German culture, and emigrants began to spread the custom overseas. Finally even churches got on board in the early 1900s.