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Making a Christingle

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Description

A Christingle meaning 'Christ Light' is a symbol of the Christian Faith. The name may not be familiar but you'll certainly recognise the familiar looking fruit and foil decoration. They're great fun to make during the festive period.

The orange represents the world
The red ribbon indicates the love and blood of Christ
The dried fruits and sweets symbols of Gods creations
The lit candle symbolises Jesus, the light of the world

Resources

Knife, Orange per child, red ribbon or tape, Tray, Silver Foil, Candle per child, cocktail sticks, raisins, sultanas, soft sweets etc...

Instructions

Fasten a piece of red sticky tape or ribbon around the middle of the orange.
Cut a small cross in the top of each orange (place it on a tray to catch the juice) and lay a square of silver foil (75mm/3in square) over the cross.
Place a candle on top and wedge it firmly into the orange. The foil will help prevent hot wax running onto a child’s hand.
Load four cocktail sticks with raisins, sultanas, cherries or soft sweets and insert them into the orange around the base of the candle.
Store the Christingles upright in trays in a cool place. It may be necessary to take off a thin slice to form a flat base. Alternatively use greengrocer’s fruit trays.
There you go!

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