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