Christingle, the best way to approach Christmas

Christingle 2012: Children entranced by the nativity story
Christingle 2012: Children entranced by the nativity story

FOUR o' clock on Christmas Eve. It could be out-of-control excitement for children - or you could bring them to Holy Trinity church on Buxton Road for the annual Christingle service. Guaranteed to calm everyone down in the final build up to Christmas.

Christingle has been a tradition at Holy Trinity for years. At the centre of the service, which will be conducted by the Rev Margaret Jones, is the nativity story. Usually, there is a youngish baby, with mum and dad playing the parts of the holy family.

The orange - which represents the world, with ribbon, candle and sweeties attached, is a delightful part of the tradition. Children seeing it for the first time are amazed.

Come early, because it's always a full house. Enjoy the respite of calm and beautiful Christmas carols. Then you can go home to deal with preparations, happy that you came.

Welcome to Holy Trinity!

Orange, symbol of Christingle
Orange, symbol of Christingle