Fire on the Christmas Tree.
Switzerland in an old wooden alpine building. Christmas time (1964).
(Almost one hundred years after the US Civil War--
Irrelevant here, but important to remember.)
The whole school had to wait outside--
Preparation was festering behind the doors.
Then the word came that we may enter.
No lights, except for the fiery glow
Of a Swiss Christmas tree with hundreds of small, white candles.
What a striking, glorious sight--
It set one's heart on fire.
Then singing in the glow, adding to the mystery.
("Innsbruck ich muss dich lassen--")
It was a Christmas always to be remembered.
Frank Maurer 25 December 2022
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