The idea of Christingles came from a Moravian Church in Germany in 1747 when minister John de Watteville gave children at the service a lighted candle with a red ribbon around it. He explained that this represented Jesus being the light of the world and the final prayer of that first service was "Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these children’s hearts, that theirs like Thine become".
Moravian missionaries brought the tradition to the Church of England in the late 1700's and the Christingle was later made more popular in the UK by John Pensom in 1948 at Lincoln Cathedral.
The tradition is often observed either the Sunday before Christmas or on Christmas Eve.
Over the years the symbolism of the Christingle grew into what's known as a Christingle today. What does it represent?
People speculate that the word Christingle could have come from several sources. It might be
Making a Christingle
1. Carefully push the pencil into the top of the orange to make a small hole.
2. Put about 3 sweets or dried fruit onto the toothpicks.
3. Push the toothpicks into the orange in four different directions slightly above the fattest part of the orange and pointing slightly upwards.
4. Take the foil and gently wrap it around the candle at the bottom before firmly wedging the candle into the hole that you had made in the orange. Once in position mould the foil into a shallow cup shape to catch any drips of candle wax.
5. Tie the ribbon round the orange and tie a knot, then secure with a pin to keep it in place.
6. Light the candle, making sure an adult stays nearby for safety reasons.
A song, scripture and prayer to use when lighting your Christingle:
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