|sparkling Christmas tree with real candles and a sparkler|
I had started this post just after Christmas and realized that I never posted it... So, here it is, better late than never!
Have you ever seen a real Christmas tree with real candles lit on it? As an American, this is something that says "FIRE! RED ALERT! DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!". However, for many Swiss, this is the norm. They purchase their trees locally a few days before Christmas, clip on special holders for the candles and light them only for a short period of time on Christmas Eve, Christmas day and maybe the day after Christmas. We are blessed to have wonderful Swiss neighbors who invite us up each year on the day after Christmas so we can enjoy this beautiful Swiss tradition (as well as see who can be the champion in guessing which candle will go out last). This year, however, we experienced something new and absolutely mind-boggling to our "Smoky the Bear" attitude when it comes to fire and trees... there were not only lit candles on the tree, but Erica also lit sparklers and hung them from some of the branches. We were in absolute awe of how beautiful it looked and that it didn't catch anything on fire! As you can see from the picture above, it really is a spectacular site.
Until next time!