After a rehearsal with the village orchestra (in which I occasionally play the recorder – treble in this instance) I met a church warden, who also works with the children. She had no help to make all the Christingles for the service the next day. Everyone had sent their apologies! It was only mid-morning so I offered to stay along with a dad, his son and a group of older children, who all play in the orchestra.
In previous years the rehearsal and the Christingle-making have taken place at the same time. This year the orchestra rehearsed at an earlier time. So it was my first time helping with the Christingles. The youngsters were spiking soft sweets and grapes onto cocktail sticks. The adults were preparing the oranges with red sticky tape around the “equator”, a white candle in the top and adding four loaded cocktail sticks to each orange at the “four points of the compass”. The sticky tape represented the love of God and the blood of Christ.
When the supply of loaded sticks was depleted the adults joined the children doing that task. “Soft sweets” had been donated. These included marshmallows, coke bottles, dolly mixtures and other sweets. They had to be put on the cocktal sticks, three per stick to represent the fruits of the earth and the four seasons. I only impaled one “Golden Bear”. I decided to stab it in the back! I commented on it and the children told me where they had stabbed their bears. One boy had stabbed a bear in the eye, which led to a discussion of an event in British history. One of the girls explained in some detail about the Battle of Hastings and how the Norman archers had been able to shoot King Harold in the eye.
I found a photo (or two) on my phone of the Lego reconstruction of the Battle of Hastings, which I had seen at Rheged in the summer, to show to some of the people.
I stayed and helped with the clearing up, which included washing some plates.
Some time after I arrived home I noticed something red and sticky on my ring finger.
Can you tell what it is from the photo?