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The Christingle service will take place at St John's, Chelford at 5.00 pm on Tuesday, 1st December.

The Christingle service is a tradition that dates back to the 1960s in the UK. However, it's thought that it originated with John de Watteville around 1747 in Germany, as a means to get children to think about Jesus. In the beginning the Christingle was just a candle with a red ribbon given to each child. The orange and sweeties came much later.

In 1968 it began to be used as a fundraising event for the Children's Society charity. Children would bring purses with money and receive an orange pierced with a candle in return.

Today, the practise is widespread in the UK and remains true to its original aim. And it's a nice way for children to begin the Christmas season.

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