Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating today!
As Christmas looms closer, I am gradually ticking preparations off my list amidst essay deadlines and exam revision.
The tree is up and has, of course, been knocked over three times so far by the kitties who clearly assume this is some new, incredibly fun contraption placed there just for them! 🙂
So, along with edible gifts that can be made early such as Maple Ale Mustard and infused oils and extracts, non food items such as these simple personalised baubles can be made well in advance and make a wonderful gift added to a little hamper or simply added to a gift bag or a stocking and make a token that will add something special to the recipients tree for years to come.
Christingles are a wonderful addition to your home, adding festive vibrancy and a wonderful citrus scent. You can also give these as gifts but you might want to wait until closer to the time of presenting the christingle before cutting the hole in the orange for the candle.
Traditionally a Christian Advent symbol; the orange – represents the world; the red ribbon – indicates the love and blood of Christ; the dried fruits and sweets – symbols of God’s creations and the lit candle – symbolises Jesus, the light of the world. However, even if you are not a Christian, christingles are simply a beautiful way to present a candle in your home!
For the baubles. Simply all you need is baubles and a metallic paint pen to write the name of the recipient or a special message. You could also draw little pictures.
For the christingle. Simply decorate as you wish with red ribbon, cloves or dried fruit on cocktail sticks leaving a space on the top for the candle. If the orange doesn’t sit securely, cut a very thin piece of skin from the base to make a flat surface (without cutting to reveal the flesh). Carefully carve a hole in the top centre to fit your candle. Suck out the juice and drink it before placing the candle in. Never leave lit and unattended, as with all candles of course.