The village of Lemax is the epitome of a beautiful Christmas.
The townspeople are all in holiday mode.
The lights are up.
The trees are in full bloom.
The whole village is bursting with life.
But this holiday season, the Christmas lights in the village have been cut out.
The village of Sturgis is a village of 1,200 people on the edge of the village of Vaucluse in southern France.
The village’s residents have been living in their own house for two years.
It’s the same story at the Sturgises home, which is also on the outskirts of Vaux.
And this winter, they were forced to make the difficult decision of removing the Christmas tree from their home.
“The village has been living here for a year, but this year they were ordered to remove it,” said Leboe, a 26-year-old resident.
“It was a very painful decision.”
The decision was made in the winter of 2016, and the village had no choice but to take this decision.
“When we were asked to remove the Christmas decoration, we didn’t know what to do.
The decision to do so was made by the local authority,” Leboei said.
The townspeoples Christmas decorations were the envy of all who lived there.
“We loved it.
It was a perfect Christmas,” said resident Ales, who was in her 50s.
“The decorations were beautiful.
The Christmas trees were all beautiful.
I could never live without them.
The children loved them, too.
They were very important to us.
We had to take them down because the village doesn’t have any lights at night.
We couldn’t use them,” she said.
After Christmas, the village was ordered to put the Christmas decorations back in.
The residents decided to return to their home as the lights are back up, but the lights in Sturgias home are gone.
“I thought it was too sad.
But the lights have come back.
I am really happy,” said Sturgisi, a 27-year old who lives in a neighbouring village.
“They have saved my Christmas.
We don’t want to go back to the village,” said a young woman in her 20s who has been with the village for a decade.
The lights in Lemax are in danger of being cut down by the winter.
In 2016, the villagers decided to make this decision because of their living conditions.
“I have to make decisions when there are changes that are very difficult.
But we didn.
The problem is that we are in a situation where we are living in our own house and we are unable to provide for ourselves,” said Mireille, the mayor of Sturgit.
Mireille said the villagers have been working to fix their situation, but it has been tough.
“Our situation is very bad.
We cannot even afford to eat.
We are eating bread,” she told the CNN affiliate.
“It’s impossible for us to buy the necessary supplies.
We have to buy everything we need to live.
And that is why we have to leave,” she added.