The Christingle itself refers to the symbolic object made up of the 4 components:
- an orange - representing the world
- a red ribbon (or tape) - indicating the blood/ love of Christ
- a lighted candle - symbolising Jesus, the Light of the World
- four cocktail sticks bearing dried fruit or sweets - signifying the four seasons and the fruits of the earth and God's good gifts
The Christingle are taken to special service during Advent and the church is darkened during which time each child/family receives the individual Christingle which is lit. I the dark, the children of the world are remebered and the importance of Jesus life. It was always a truly magical service to be a part of and to have helped make the Christingle themselves was a proud job for me. It also involved most of family as my mum and lil sister helped as well so it was a way to celebrate the coming of Christmas together.
Perhaps, you may see a service advertised, if you do, take a chance and celebrate.