There a many traditions in England that have never translated to Australia. One such tradition is that of a Christingle service. Today Zane and I were fortunate enough to take part in one of these.

Christingle services haven't been around that long. They started in Germany in 1747 but didn't come to England until 1968. The service is simply a celebration of the love of Christ. It surrounds a model made from a number of items.

The base of the model is an orange which represents the world. Wrapped around the orange is a red ribbon. This represents the blood of Christ surrounding the the world. On the very top of the orange is lit candle representing the light of Christ. To show the fruits of the Earth that Christ gives us is four tooth picks with either dried fruit or sweets threaded in them. This also represents the four seasons.

The services was conducted in darkness with only the light of the candles, sort of like a Carols by Candlelight. It was a very special service and both Zane and I thoroughly enjoyed it.



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