"The Christingle" by Bradley Shawn  Rabon

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This is “As Is” and evermore shall be straight from the camera.

Last Friday, my wife and I , and my wife’s parents went to my daughter’s school, Holy Trinity in Newark, Nottinghamshire, for the school Christingle service. This wonderful tradition started in 1747 in a Moravian Church by German Pastor / Bishop Johannes de Watteville. As he sat one evening at home, he thought about how he could explain the love of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas to everyone in the community, especially the children. He decided to prepare a simple symbol to help make the message of Christmas fresh and lively for them. This was to be the first ever Christingle service which continued as a tradition ever since. It was brought to the UK in 1968. The Christingle services were introduced to the Anglican Church by John Pensom of The Children’s Society.

The Christingle
Orange – represents the Earth / World
Candle – represents Jesus, the LIght of the World
Red Ribbon – represents the blood of Jesus, dying for all mankind, sacrifice
Four Cocktail sticks / Toothpicks – represents the four seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn), also represents the four corners of the world
Sweets – represents the fruits of the earth, blessings of God
Foil – used to catch wax of the candle, but it also represents the guiding star that lead the wise men to Jesus, also represents the North Star, another symbol of Jesus

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
ISO 400

Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 5 years ago

    I am truly enlightened! :-) Great capture my friend.

  • I am glad this has brightened up your day and warmed your heart. Thank you my friend.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760about 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you so wonderfully much my friend. It is a fabulous tradition that I was introduced to when I moved to England.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • gail anderson
    gail andersonabout 5 years ago

  • Wow! Super feeling. Thank you enormously for this honour.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Alixzandra
    Alixzandraabout 5 years ago

    I have attended Christingle on Christmas Eve for years, such a magical service and so wonderful to see all the Christingles lit together as one. A lovely photograph indeed, great work!

  • Thank you so very much Alixzandra. I agree that it is a magical service. This was at my daughter’s school’s Christingle service, but our church is having one on Christmas eve as well, so I may be putting another up of that one. Have a very Merry Christmas. Have you had much snow down there where you are?

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • PBWright
    PBWrightabout 5 years ago

    That is truly beautiful. What a wonderful way to bring the understanding of what Christmas is to children. And your image captures it so well, too. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • It was my absolute pleasure. Thank you for your lovely compliment. I agree that it is a marvelous tradition and look forward to the service every year. I have always forgotten to take my camera with me,but I determined to take it with me this year. So glad I did. Merry Christmas!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetabout 5 years ago

    Wow! What a lovely tradition! Must be a great moment when they are all lit up like that. The kind of awesome moment that will touch a person’s heart and make their eyes shiny and bright. Great capture, Shawn! :-)

  • What a lovely description Johanne. Thank you so very much my dear friend. It is a brilliant service indeed. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas holiday.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 5 years ago

    Such a wonderful tradition and beautiful capture!

  • Thank you so very much Marie. It is one of the services I look forward to each year. I appreciate the lovely compliment. have a very Merry Christmas.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • A Different Eye Photography
    A Different Ey...about 5 years ago

    So very cool. Thanks for the history on the event. Awesome to see I’m sure!

  • It really is quite a beautiful sight. The tradition is one of my favourites of the Christmas season. Thank you greatly Heather. Have a wonderful Christmas holiday and a brilliant New Year.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Carole Brunet
    Carole Brunetabout 5 years ago

    Great capture and magical tradition!

  • Thank you Carole, so very much indeed. It is a beautiful time of the year, and a lovely tradition. I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas my dear friend, and a wonderful New Year! I pray you are well and fit for this season…. (says he who sits writing this whilst suffering with a terrible cold! LOL!!!)

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Shawn!…and a lovely story too.

  • Thank you so much my great friend. I appreciate the fantastic compliment. have a brilliant Christmas.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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