- A Christingle is a symbol of the Christian faith and literally translated means ‘Christ’s Light’.
- Christingles are held, normally by children,in special Christingle church services just before Christmas.
- The Christingle was invented in Germany in 1747 by a bishop who wished to show children the meaning of Christmas and the love of Jesus in a simple way.
- The Christingle did not arrive in the UK until 1968 but then it quickly spread throughout the Anglican church.
- The Christingle is made up of several components, each of which has a specific meaning:
The orange represents the world.
The Red Ribbon
The red ribbon represents the blood of Christ. Since it is wrapped all the way around the world the ribbon reminds us that Jesus died for us all.
The lighted candle represents Jesus as the light of the world.
The Cocktail Sticks
The cocktail sticks represent the four seasons: Spring, summer, autumn and winter.
The Sweets/Dried Fruit
The treats on the cocktail sticks remind us of God’s gifts to the world, the fruits of the seasons and of his kindness.