Christingle Services are fun events which tell the Christmas story for children using oranges. They’ve been around since 1747 but were introduced to Britain in 1968 where they are often ascociated with the Children’s Society.
A Christingle usually consists of:
- An orange, representing the world
- A candle pushed into the centre of the orange, then lit, representing Jesus Christ as Light of the World
- A red ribbon wrapped around the orange or a paper frill around the candle, representing the blood of Christ
- Dried fruits and/or sweets skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons
- Aluminium foil, representing the metal nails driven into Christ’s hands and feet during his crucifixion
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