Christingle means “Christ’s Light”. It is used by Christians to symbolise the light and love of Jesus at Christmas time.
The very first Christingle came from a Moravian church in Germany in 1747 during a Christmas service on 20th December. Children were handed a candle with a red ribbon tied around it to represent Christ and the hope and joy He brings. It wasn’t until the Anglican Church introduced the tradition to England in 1968 that they became a Christmas tradition in Britain.
What you need :
- An orange – This represents the world.
- A thin candle – Represents Jesus, specifically Him being the light of the world.
- Four cocktail sticks – These represent the four corners of the world.
- Sweets – Treats remind Christians of the gifts that God gave including love, hope and food.
- Tin foil – Used to catch the candle wax.
- A piece of red ribbon – The final part symbolises the blood of Christ (or sometimes the hope of Christ circling the world).
What to do :
- Punch a small hole in the top of the orange with your finger.
- Place the piece of foil over the hole and gently push the candle into the hole. There should be foil left around the candle to catch the wax.
- Pop some sweets onto each of the four sticks and gently push these into the orange, one for each ‘corner’.
- Wrap the ribbon around the middle of the orange and secure with some tape.
All that is left to do is light your Christingle.