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Merry Christmas

The La Salette fathers on Lake Mascoma in Enfield, NH, illuminate the hillside opposite their monastery each Christmas.

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This shot only depicts about a third of the expansive slope.

Addendum: The La Salette Monastery is built on the site occupied for many years by one of America’s great Shaker communities, as Wikipedia notes:

The Shakers, or United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, settled on the site in 1793. The site was divided into three smaller organizations, or families: the Church Family, the North Family and the Second (or South) Family. At its peak, there were approximately 300 Shakers living on the site. The site covered over 3,000 acres (1,200 ha).

Like other Shaker communities, the Enfield Shaker village declined throughout the second half of the 19th century. By 1920, there were fewer than a dozen Shakers remaining. In 1923, they closed the Enfield Shaker village and moved to the Canterbury community in central New Hampshire.

The site is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as the Enfield Shaker Historic District.

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