Sunday, December 27, 2009

Holy Yorkshire Pudding!!

Fresh from our Christmas eve kids' church service, known as Christingle, the kids were struck by how much our Yorkshire pudding looked like a cradle.... so they struck a pose pretending to pray to the baby Jesus who might lie in such a manger.

And then we devoured it.

Seriously, though, the Christingle service was a beautiful thing. It was held at 4pm and all the village families turn out with kids in tow for a service that is aimed at delivering the message of Christmas in a 40 minute, child-size mass. There were two highlights to the service, that really made it stand out as special for the kids:

1.) The reading of the Nativity story (usually a plodding affair that takes half an hour and accents just how dull a bad reader can make any text) was a joyful, noisy affair: The vicar chose about six child volunteers out of the congregation and then gave each of them a sign with a word on it: star, angel, animals, etc. and then gave instructions to the audience to do a particular motion or make a sound when a sign was raised. So as he read the Nativity story every time he said "animal" a chorus of moos, quacks, baas, chimpanzees, and cawing would rise from all congregation, or when he said "angel" everyone would raise their hands and gasp in wonder.

It was really fun and I have never seen children pay such rapt attention to a reading in church before.

2.) The gift of Christingle:
  • an orange representing the world
  • a red ribbon around it representing the blood of Jesus
  • marshmallows, raisins, and a peanut 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 glow stick is used in the oranges presented to the younger children)
The service ended with everyone leaving the church together to go place the baby Jesus in the manger of the Nativity scene set up outside the church and a final hym "The First Noel."

Truly beautiful and easily the most enjoyable Christmas service I have been to since having children.

I still owe you a story about picking up Daddy-007 at Heathrow and other tales from the Christmas season but am just now starting to wind down from the work of Christmas week. We are off to an aquarium in Brighton today.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are getting some rest and relaxation this weekend!


  1. That is my favorite pudding story now. I like anything that makes a family sit down together.
    Amy, have a good week and a great New Year!


  2. Ha, that vicar knows where it's at. Awesome Christmassyness!

    What? Is too a word.

  3. There was a genuine teacher involved in that reading of the Christmas story, I'll tell you for sure!
    Your life is such a priceless adventure!

  4. I am so glad you explained the orange. Sounds like a wonderful service. :)

  5. Oh that sounds so fun, much better than most services I've been to. Thanks for sharing!

  6. The service sounds amazing.

    Our Christmas Eve 4pm mass was over-crowded. To the tune of about 400 people. They had to set up chairs and an electric piano in the gym for an entirely separate mass.

    Got to love those Catholics who show up only on Christmas & Easter (C&E Christians ;)

  7. We used to put a nail in the center of the tree every year, but this orange is FABULOUS!!!!

    Thank you for introducing it to us, we will be passing this tradition on to our family!
    I LOVE IT!!!!
    Happy Happy!!

  8. I thought we Jews were the ones eating Christian babies.

    That is both adorable and hilarious. Your winning combo.

    Okay, so you have a few winning combos.

  9. Dear Amy, at the dawn of this new horizon we have in front of us, I want to greet you and wish you all the beautiful things that your soul has to offer to you and to the world and I also wish for you all the blessings you desire, from up above!

    May you have a very happy and prosperous New Year!

    Loving the photos, Amy!!!!!!



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