Candlelit Tree, Dusting of Snow



Merry Christmas to you all from Pennsylvania. This may be the first candlelit tree I’ve seen in person. We glimpsed it last night after the Moravian service in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

This has been a holiday filled with singing. Tonight I am hoarse from an impromptu evening of carols and songs around the family table. Briefly, it felt like we were in another era – a time of candelit trees and pump organs. But some around the table were finding lyrics on smart phones. Two worlds blended on this Christmas night in a still-young century, and it felt good. Very good.

Sleep my child and peace attend thee, all through the night.


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December 25, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Loved the tree. Merry Christmas.

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
December 26, 2013 at 7:23 am
– In reply to: jcisnowjs

Merry Christmas!

Sue Adamreply
December 26, 2013 at 1:55 am

With love to all of you, Glædelig Jul from Denmark!

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
December 26, 2013 at 7:22 am
– In reply to: Sue Adam

Thanks Sue! Have a marvelous time in Denmark. xox

December 26, 2013 at 11:05 am

sounds like a wonderful cozy night- and thank goodness for the iphones – how would anyone know the words without them? our family usually needs to mutter through half the songs- which i’m okay for all the laughs that produces 🙂 hope your holidays were happy!

Jason @ Interior Placereply
December 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Greetings fellow Pennsylvanian! And Merry Christmas!

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgenreply
December 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm

What a beautiful Christmas celebration. This photo is so lovely and reminiscent of my childhood, although I believe the candles were artificially lit, the idea was there. What a beautiful tree! Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas season and best wishes for 2014!! xx

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
December 30, 2013 at 9:08 am
– In reply to: Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

Thank you so much Barbara! I hope you’re enjoying these days between the years. xox

Caitlin | The Siren’s Talereply
December 31, 2013 at 10:41 am

So beautiful – the story and the photograph. There’s something so magical about moments that bring us back in time, even to a time we never lived. Loved this!

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
December 31, 2013 at 10:43 am
– In reply to: Caitlin | The Siren's Tale

Thanks Caitlin! Gotta grab these fleeting moments when we glimpse them. Happy New Year!

Happy, simple and green livingreply
January 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm

great tree! happy holidays!

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
January 2, 2014 at 8:20 pm
– In reply to: Happy, simple and green living

Happy new year!

Vine Vampirereply
January 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

The tree is beautiful, I hope you had peaceful holidays! <3

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
January 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm
– In reply to: Vine Vampire

Merci!! You too.

Vine Vampirereply
January 17, 2014 at 3:02 pm
– In reply to: Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine

De rien! Tu parles francais couramment?

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
January 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm
– In reply to: Vine Vampire

Je parle en peu de Français. 🙂

Vine Vampire
January 18, 2014 at 11:47 pm
– In reply to: Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine

Je n´aurais pas deviné, je croyais que tu étais francophone! 😉

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine
January 20, 2014 at 9:35 am
– In reply to: Vine Vampire

Mais non! Je ne suis pas Français. Êtes-vous?

Vine Vampire
January 21, 2014 at 11:29 am
– In reply to: Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine

Oui, en partie, c´est ma langue maternelle. Vous parlez francais depuis longtemps?

April 30, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Are you Moravian by chance? I love your blog, and I am a Moravian, so I had to ask. 🙂

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
May 3, 2014 at 9:11 am
– In reply to: jeanneahlers

Hi Jeanne-no I’m not Moravian, but grew up in a community in Pennsylvania with many Moravian people (not far from Bethlehem, PA). This was my first experience of a Moravian Christmas Eve. Lovely!

May 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm
– In reply to: Sue Schlabach 129twigandvine

It is beautiful! I didn’t grow up Moravian, but I really enjoyed the church family, so I joined. 🙂

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