Christingle

We attended an Advent Service in the school Chapel yesterday afternoon and were all given a Christingle. I haven't had one in years! Told the Reverend I always used to want to set fire to the ponytail of the girl in front when I was younger......just to see what happened.....he laughed and said he would have to factor that in next time he does a health and safety risk assessment of the service!

My boys both ate all the sweets on theirs before the end of the service, but mine is still intact. Smug smile. I will probably eat them later and let hubby have the orange to make fresh juice with.
That is a wonderful photo. And what an interesting thing. I have never seen one before. What do you do with it?
posted December 4th, 2017  
@louisanoffke They are more symbolic that practical, though you do get to eat it all if you want to!

The orange symbolises the world
The red ribbon symbolises the blood of Jesus and the love of God encircling the world
The sweets symbolise the gifts of creation and harvest
The lit candle symbolises the light of Christ coming into the world and bringing hope.

A single lit candle is brought into the church to light the Advent Candle on the altar and the Christingles are all lit from that. It's really rather atmospheric and lovely and usually done at a service aimed particularly at children at the start of Advent.
posted December 4th, 2017  
that sounds like a wonderful thing. Catholic church? I was brought up Lutheran so didnt see any of that . Must look so pretty. Thank you so much for explaining. It would be hard not to eat the lollies
posted December 4th, 2017  
@louisanoffke Actually, it was the Church of England. Not sure if the Catholic Church do it too, but it wouldn't surprise me. I grew up in a Brethren Church funnily enough and there was none of this there either. I came across it when I visited a local C of E and thought it was brilliant!
posted December 4th, 2017  
All new to me, but I do like the idea and your photograph.
posted December 4th, 2017  
@casablanca - it is brilliant - and very inclusive for everyone. Thanks for sharing
posted December 4th, 2017  
A very nice way to start Advent. We have the Advent candles at St. Philips but no special ritual in the lighting on the first Sunday of Advent or subsequent Sundays.
posted December 4th, 2017  
An interesting and meaningful tradition!
posted December 4th, 2017  
Lovely photo, always enjoyed the Christingle services when the children where younger but they don't have them in the high schools here.
posted December 4th, 2017  
oh i miss the christingles when mine were young.. ha ha ponytails! glad i not the only one who though of these things lol
posted December 4th, 2017  
I have never heard of a Christingle before, but I like the idea behind it. A lovely colourful photo.
posted December 4th, 2017  
All new to me as well. It does look like fun.
posted December 4th, 2017  
Lovely capture of it. My daughter used to attend this when she was at school.
posted December 4th, 2017  
I have never heard of Christingle before, so interesting. Your explanation is really appreciated and such a lovely photo too. Well done you for saving the sweets till after the service.
posted December 4th, 2017  
Awesome picture.
posted December 5th, 2017  
This is the second one of these I have seen on here today. Amazing what new things you learn from this project.
I do like the idea and your great photograph.
posted December 5th, 2017  
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