Students from Year 6 enjoyed making Christingles in their forms, by decorating oranges with a candle, ribbon, and sweets. They then joined with some of their family members for a Christingle service.
The Christingle, which means ‘Christ-Light’, has its origins in the 18th century Moravian Church in Germany, when people who brought gifts for the poor at Christmas were given an orange with a candle in return. At Emanuel, we raise money for the Children’s Society and gather with our Christingles in chapel to hear reflect on the idea of light overcoming darkness. We do this by hearing first about Hannukah, as our Jewish students will be currently celebrating this festival of light, and then celebrating Christmas by hearing the story of Jesus’ birth and singing Christmas Carols.
Father Labran (Chaplain)