Friday, 18 December 2009

Day 15: Christingle

The Girl (and the rest of her class, obviously) did a Christingle service/performance on Tuesday. It was lovely :-) She spoke out her part clearly, and sang her heart out, bless her! The kids were all dressed in outfits representing different countries around the world, and they told us of the many different ways Christmas is celebrated. I only cried twice. (Neither time was when my own daughter did her bit though, because I am a Bad Mother!)

The Girl wore an outfit from Tunisia, brought back for her by The Doctor's sister after she'd holidayed there a few years ago. We weren't allowed to take photos during the service/performance, but there were opportunities to do so afterwards. The posed shot was awful but I managed to capture a lovely pic of The Girl lost in thought and unaware of the camera. Unfortunately it was quite dark and slightly out of focus, but I went with it and allowed that to influence my page.



I printed a large close-up of a Christingle onto acetate to make the background, and simply added an Elle's Studio number and the lightened-but-still-not-exactly-perfect pic of The Girl. I didn't even bother with a title for this page, it would have been 'Christingle' but the background image makes that clear enough for me!

14 comments:

mise said...

The Girl looks ever so charmingly pensive, but what is a Christingle?

humel said...

Oops, have I been making assumptions? It's the name of the decorated orange, which is symbolic of the Christian message:
*an orange representing the world
*a red ribbon around it representing the blood of Jesus
*sweets skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons
*a lighted candle pushed into the centre of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world

A Christingle service includes these, candles lit, and is usually very pretty and mildly dangerous, especially if the girl in front of you has long hair.

JO SOWERBY said...

awwww, the girl is so cute! i used to make the christingles when i was younger which was fun and also made it much more meaningful, plus we could eat some of the fruit!!!!
jo xxx

Sian said...

I think you were absolutely right not to add a title here..because it's so calm and charming just the way it is.

Amy said...

This is a gorgeous shot of The Girl - I love the ones of them in action.
Mel, what is Christingle? I'm not sure if we have that tradition by another name.

Amy said...

I should have read all of the comments first obviously ;-)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Beautiful page - absolutely perfect! And thanks for the info on Christingle. . . sounds like a fun thing to make.
Rinda

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Beautiful page!

I was wondering about the Christingle too. I've seen decorated oranges like that but didn't realize is was a symbol

debs14 said...

Definitely didn't need a title, it's a lovely layout.
It's nice to remember that xmas isn't all about stressful shopping, this page brings home the calm part of the celebration.

glitterbygrammie said...

I think it is very lovely. Very peaceful. The way it should be this time of year.

Ruth said...

A lovely LO, no title needed.

scrappyjacky said...

A beatiful page....and aren't photos caught unawares always so much better.

Cheryl said...

Lovely photograph of the girl mel and a lovely page x

Lizzie said...

It's wonderful. I remember Christingle services when my nieces, nephew and J were little. Haven't been to one for a few years - maybe it's time I started again.