The word Christingle means Christ Light. In 1747 a pastor named John de Wattville wanted to find an exciting new way to tell the Christmas story to children. He gave each child a candle with with a red ribbon and asked them to place them in a prominent window of their home and light them. This, he told the children, would demonstrate the Light of Christ to all those who passed by their homes. The tradition was kept alive by the Moravian church and in the 1950’s was adopted in the United Kingdom by the Children’s Society as a way of raising awareness of their work. Each Christingle consists of an orange (representing the World) into which are inserted four cocktail sticks(representing the four seasons). Fruit, nuts and sweets are attached to the cocktail sticks to represent God’s love in providing the fruits of the Earth. A red ribbon is then tied around the centre of the orange as a reminder that Christ died for us all. Finally, a small lighted candle is placed on top to symbolise Jesus Christ, Light of the World.



                              How to make your own Christingle


Please make sure that a grown up helps you to make the Christingle and agrees to where you can display it.



1. Take an orange and cut a small cross in the top.

2. Fasten a piece or red sticky tape around the middle of the orange to represent the ribbon.
Allow sufficient overlap at the join.

3. Place a 7.5cm (3 inch) square of silver foil over the cut in the orange, then take a votive candle, place it on top of the foil and then push both into the cut, until the candle is firmly wedged in the orange. The foil ruff helps to prevent hot wax from the lighted candle from running on to a child’s hand.

4. Load four cocktail sticks with a selection of raisins, sultanas, cherries or soft sweets and insert evenly into the orange near the base of the candle.


       Thank you to : St Mary’s Priory Church, Portchester Castle, Portchester, Hampshire, England



5 thoughts on “CHRISTINGLE

  1. The origin of holiday traditions are fasinating to me.  So these past several blogs were of course  very interesting reading.  I have studied much of these before, but you have done such a good job summerizing the whole world of traditions and holiday origins, it seems.  About the -40… I used to think I was tuff… then I visited a climate which was both cold and Humid… it\’s very dry here… so to me, I\’d rather -40 without humidity then +10 with it.

  2. What a lovely article and your pictorial explanation on how to make one is excellent.  I am going to make my own Christingles and use them as part of my Christmas decorations.  Thank You 🙂

  3. Evenin\’ yer lairdship…sorry you paid hard cash for the wine,… the only one i\’ve found I like is from the cheap shop called aldi, it was a fruity little number at £3.59 a chillian (sp*) merlot, tastes much better when the  glass has been sat in my hand for a…
    loved the info above, reminded me of when my addon was younger at her christmas play, the head teacher had all the kids walking around the hall with oranges with lit candles in….. there was a slight hazard of the kids hair in front being set on fire, but apart from that it was quite a lovely sight….lol.
    hope you\’re havin\’ a good week in the castle…
    hugs you
    Eth 🙂 xxx

  4. Hello,Harold.
    It is a good explanatioin to children and foreign people who don\’t know Christ.
    I think I could try to do it after seeing your article.
    May you have a lovely weekend ^^

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