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The Christingle : A Symbol of God's Goodness

Updated on August 18, 2014

God is The Light of the World

Christmas is a time for traditions, and the Christingle is a tradition with a long history, that has recently started to become more and more popular.

The Christingle is a physical three-dimensional symbol of God as the Light of the World, and it expresses what he has given for us and to us.

As a beautiful reminder of God's love, this Christmas symbol can be used as a lesson with just a few children, or in a candlelight service for hundreds of all ages.

(Photo by Andrew Fogg used under CC 2.0)


The Origin of the Christingle

How it all started

The Christingle has its origins in the Moravian Church. The legend tells of Pastor John, in 1747 Germany, who created a symbol to help teach the children about Jesus' love and the true meaning of Christmas. Pastor John gave each child a lighted candle wrapped in a red ribbon, with a prayer that said "Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these dear children's hearts".

Since that time this unique Christmas symbol has been passed down through the generations, spreading to each its message of love and light.

What Is That?

The Symbolism of the Christingle

The Christingle has evolved over time to be more elaborate and symbolic. The modern Christingle consists of:

  • The Orange
    • As the base of this visual symbol, the orange represents the world we live in.
  • The Red Ribbon
    • The Christingle's red ribbon wraps around the orange and it represents the blood of Jesus.
  • The Lighted Candle
    • The white lighted candle inserted into the orange represents Christ, the Light of the World. It is white to show the purity of Christ.
  • Four Skewers
    • The four skewers in the orange represent the four seasons. They are arranged so that when viewed from above, they form a cross representing the cross Jesus died on.
  • Fruits and Sweets
    • Upon the four skewers are a variety of fruits and sweets representing God's good gifts: the fruits of the earth and the fruits of the spirit.
  • Aluminum Foil
    • Around the base of the candle, many place a piece of foil, which represents the world reflecting Christ's light.

Christingle Means Christ-Light

Christingle Songs - Sing All About It

Add a song to your service or in your Sunday School program to give meaning and depth to your lesson and celebration.

Christingle Videos

Watch how some churches and groups have added this lovely symbol to their church service, Sunday School, pageant, or special program.

Christingle Rock!

These Christingle songs are part of the Christingle Rock! musical that is available for use in schools or churches.

Sheet music, wordbooks, school packs and more are available here.

"Christingle Rock! was a great success!" - J Gail, Essex

Celebrating Christ in a Christingle Worship Service


Photo by Leslie Dray

The Christingle Cube: A Hands-on Way to Learn

Click here for more information on the Christingle Cube.

The Christingle Cube
The Christingle Cube

Click here for more information on the Christingle Cube.


Short Dramas - Playlets

Christingle Playlets: Children's Drama to Enhance Your Christingle Service
Christingle Playlets: Children's Drama to Enhance Your Christingle Service

Adding a short drama to your program is an excellent way to add interest to and meaning.



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    • ClassyGals profile image

      Cynthia Davis 

      4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate!

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      6 years ago

      What a lovely idea. I had never heard of it before. One of the things I love about Squidoo: I'm constantly learning new things. :-)

    • kristalulabelle profile image


      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      What a neat tradition! I grew up attending Moravian Christmas services and we usually were given a candle with red ribbon. The Christingle definitely interests me, maybe its time to add that to tradition!

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      6 years ago

      The Christingle is new to me and I could see how it would bring even more sweetness to candle lighting services.

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      6 years ago

      I had no idea - but what a nice symbol for the Christmas season.

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      6 years ago

      Until now I had not heard of Christingle. Thank you for introducing me to a new Christmas tradition.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. God bless you.

    • BrickHouseFabrics profile image


      7 years ago

      Something new for me.

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      Senora M 

      7 years ago

      never heard of this, but that's so cool!! :)

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      Sara Duggan 

      8 years ago from California

      I've never heard about these. What a very interesting way to present this to children. All natural and yummy too - I bet the children enjoy munching on these after the lesson..

    • SpellOutloud profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice! I'm adding this to my "Birthday Party for Jesus" lens.

    • religions7 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens, but you knew that :) Just wanted to remind you that this is featured on the Christianity Headquarters:

      It's now transformed into a lensography and I would love it if you could feature it here, or lensroll it or something.

    • delia-delia profile image


      9 years ago

      very intersting about Christingle...Christ is our Light!...5*


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