christingle Derbys

Image source: Garth Newton, found at

Carols by candlelight

Stone-clad latticed windows flicker from the flames

Sprigs of holly, all dark green and red berry intensity

Tied to the end of creaking wooden pews

Where softly fidgeting children are sssshed

Holding spiky sputniks and coveting their fruits:

Jellytots affixed to cocktail sticks,

encrusted little jewels in the citrus sceptre’s crown.

Wax drips on fingers as reverential singers

intone the traditional

‘Christ the Saviour is bo-orn,

Chri-ist the Saviour is born’


Silent night, holy night

Numinous moment amid Yuletide bustle

There’s something about that candlelight

and the Jerusalem hymnsheet rustle


All too soon

the spell is broken, the lights come on and they all go home.


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