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A Really Simple... Christingle Centrepiece

by - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Good afternoon and happy December to you!

When I was young, my parents used to take my sister and I to Church for the Christingle service just before Christmas. We'd always come home with an orange wrapped with red ribbon and a single candle sitting in the top, which we'd carried up to the Altar alongside all the other village children.

I saw this display on Pinterest recently and it took me straight back to those days; being wrapped up warm in Church, the smell of the oranges and the beautiful glow from the little white candles as we walked up the aisle. I couldn't resist creating one myself, which is now sitting proudly in the hall and is the first Christmas decoration you see upon walking through the door.

It's super simple to make, all you need is:

  • A display plate
  • Pine tree stems
  • Real or artificial red berry stems
  • Oranges
  • Cloves
  • Church candle

All you need to do is:

Plan what pattern you want on your oranges and pierce small but deep holes in the surface with a cocktail stick. This may cause some juice to come out of the orange, but it adds the the lovely smell! Then push the cloves into each hole in turn, creating the pattern of your choice.

Layer the pine stems on the plate, with the red berry stems on top of these. Place your Church candle in the centre and jig everything about to create a nice & sturdy fit.

If you are using artificial berry stems, you may be able to bend them to wrap around the candle, too.

Place the oranges around the base of the candle and enjoy!

This display looks beautiful without the candle lit, but if you do decide to light it please be careful as the candle is not in a heatproof container.

It really is as simple as that!

Have a merry day folks, I look forward to seeing you again soon in our countdown to Chrimble!

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