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The Children's Society
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Brits still see value in Christingle services to remember those in difficulty

by Tola Mbakwe

The research carried out by The Children's Society shed a light on Christingle services which help raise money for the most vulnerable children and young people in Britain.

Nearly half (48 per cent) of respondents said they knew what a Christingle service was, and a nostalgic 38 per cent of those surveyed said they remembered attending a Christingle service as a child.

The services are usually held from the start of December and run into the New Year, with Christmas Eve a particularly popular time. 

Mark Russell, chief executive of The Children's Society, said: "Christingle services are a fun way to help us support young people at Christmas - so far over one million vulnerable children and young people have been helped by people across the country enjoying these distinctive celebrations. 

"The services are really special - they include hymns, messages of hope, readings and the chance to learn more about The Children's Society. This year I hope many more people will see attending a Christingle as a tradition to look forward to." 

The survey also sought to find out which sweets should top the iconic orange used to create Christingles.

The nation's favourite sweet has been revealed by the survey as fudge, with fruit pastilles coming in second place and jelly babies a close third.

The orange (representing the world) is wrapped in a ribbon to symbolise the love and blood of Christ then topped with sweets (representing God's creations) and finally a candle which is lit during the service to symbolise Jesus as the light of the world. 

Christingle services were first introduced to the Church of England in 1968 to fundraise for The Children's Society.

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