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22 Christingles That Are Doing It Wrong

Failing to light up a church near you.

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One of the highlights of a church-going kid's Christmas is the Christingle service

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For many it's the ultimate in atmospheric snack-based worship

There are four simple symbolic components of a Christingle

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Candle: Jesus, light of the world

Orange: The world

Red ribbon: Blood of Jesus

Four cocktail sticks with fruit: The four seasons and fruits of the earth

1. So how hard can it be to nail it?

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2. There are those who don't have quite the right tools for the job

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3. While some are just unsure of what it is they're trying to achieve

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5. There's always one frustrated artist

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6. Necessity can be the mother of invention

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7. Run out of cocktail sticks? Use a lollipop

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8. Or shards of plastic

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And impale your 'fruits'

9. Though beware: too many cocktail sticks and you'll end up with a Sputnik tribute

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10. Health and safety can eclipse the true meaning of Christingle

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Jesus, glowstick of the world

12. Precaution sometimes takes precedent over aesthetics

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Tin foil: symbolising how Jesus protected us from hot wax

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Hold up, mum needs some of that for the Christmas turkey

15. Some confuse 'fruits of the earth' with 'marshmallows around the campfire'

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18. As are households where the fruit bowl is a sad, neglected affair

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20. But saddest of all are the poor sweets don't even survive the journey to church

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Never would have happened with fruit...

21. So this Christmas, spare a thought for those less fortunate

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22. God bless them, every one

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