Christmas approaches in the famous Pestalozzi village of war orphans at Trogen, Switzerland...and the children?
Christmas approaches in the famous Pestalozzi village of war orphans at Trogen, Switzerland...and the children of Hamburg-"first messengers of Christmas" - went from door to door distributing candles and singing carols.
Children of many nationalities live there, in a village developed by the noted Swiss educational reformer, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Tradition dies hard, and the children are preparing for Christmas in the way it will be celebrated in their homelands.
In the house of the little Finnish children, Father Christmas always comes from Lappland with an escort of red dwarfs - Pestalozzi being a long detour for him. Young Austrians are now busily making coloured figures of Saint Nicholas; and orphans from eight countries are decorating the village's main common room.
On the nearby mountain slopes, too, Christmas approaches. Frontier guards, constantly on duty, find time to decorate Christmas trees in their exposed outposts. Candles burn with hardly a flicker as the winter storms rage outside. The candles act as a link with their families in the valleys.