A Christingle service is becoming a popular Christian church service held over the Christmas period where a candle in an orange is used as a fun and interactive symbol of Jesus Christ and the positive effect he has had on the world.  This morning, at Cranleigh Prep, pupils have been decorating oranges for their Christingle service.  The Christingle is made by children to help teach them about Jesus.


A Christingle is a symbolic object used in Christian services at Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.  The word ‘Christingle’ comes from the German word of ‘Chrsitkindl’ which means ‘Little Christ Child’.  The Christingle is used to celebrate symbolise Jesus Christ as the Light of the World.

A Christingle is usually made from an orange with a small candle inserted in the top.  There is a red ribbon wrapped around the middle of the orange and some cloves or fruit studded in the orange.  The orange represents the world.  The blood of Christ is represented by the red ribbon around the orange and the cloves or fruit are meant to show the four seasons as well as the fruits of the earth.

The candles in the Christingles are usually lit to spread light as this reflects the light that Jesus Christ brings to the world, and gives hope to people living in dark times.  Towards the end of their service today pupils at Cranleigh Prep took their Christingles up to be lit, to represent the whole school family.

The meaning of a Christingle is simple.  It is a symbolic object that represents Jesus and the light he brings to the world through the Christian faith.  The Christingle as a whole is meant to show Jesus being the light of the World.  Christingle translates to ‘Christ Light.’