Christingle Discover the Christmas custom, story, myth and legend associated with Christingle. Our festive traditions and customs with their familiar symbols and meanings have evolved over time. But what is the history, meaning and origin of Christingle? This article provides facts and information about the history of Christingle as a familiar symbol, tradition and custom of our Christmas today.
The Meaning of Christingle The meaning of Christingle relates to two Christmas Customs:
A small symbolic Christmas gift for children
A Christmas church service particularly for children which includes giving the Christingle gift
The Christingle gift is made of an orange with small candies or sweets placed on four skewers of cocktail sticks or tooth picks are skewered into the orange. A candle is inserted into the top of the orange and a red ribbon wrapped round it.
The Significance of the Christingle Gift Each element of the Christingle gift has a meaning of religious significance:
The orange symbolizes the world
The red ribbon represents the blood of Jesus
The four sticks are put into the top half of the orange at opposite points which represent the four seasons of the year
The candies or sweets symbolize the sweet things of life and its bounty
The lighted white candle represents purity and Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
The History and Origin of Christingle The History, Origin and Christmas Custom of Christingle dates back to 1749 in Germany. A pastor named Johannes de Watteville wanted to introduce something special to his Christmas service, especially for the children. The idea of the Christingle gift was his idea. It was practical as the items required for the gift were inexpensive but it was also symbolic and would help him to convey the meaning of Christmas to the children. Pastor Johannes de Watteville gave each child the gift with a prayer that said "Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these dear children's hearts". This was the first ever Christingle service.
The Christmas Custom, Origin and History of Christingle Some origins date back to the pagan traditions and customs of the ancients. Other symbols, customs and traditions have specific religious significance to the Christian religion and the Nativity of Jesus Christ. And finally there are many new, non-religious customs which have emerged due to increased prosperity and the commercialism of the festival in the modern world. Is the Christmas Custom, Origin and History of Christingle pagan, religious or modern? The Christmas Custom, Origin and History of Christingle is religious.
Christingle Christmas is celebrated worldwide, throughout the Christian population of approximately 2275 million people, but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural festival. Customs and traditions are symbolized by familiar symbols and icons, such as Christingle, have come to represent the spirit and meaning of this special time of the year.
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