Christkind

The Christkind, literally translated into “Christ Child”, is the primary gift bringer in the following countries:

Austria
Brazil (parts)
Croatia
Czech Rebpublic
France (parts)
Germany
Italy
Liechtenstein
Luxenbourg
Poland (parts)
Portugal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Switzerland
United States (Louisiana)

This was something that Martin Luther came up with, to almost de-paganize what Christmas had become, and install a Christ more formally into the place of the gift giver. He moved the gift giving date from December 6th, which is St. Nicholas’ Day, to December 25th, the celebration of the holiday. The character is usually seen as how many paintings show Christ as a baby. The child sometimes is seen with St. Nicholas giving the gifts. The child gives gifts to the good kids, but there isn’t a negative consequence like other versions with coal for the bad children.

In the regions listed above, the Christkind is starting to low popularity to the Weihnachtsmann, who is essentially Santa Clause. This is largely due to the popularity in advertising of this character in those regions. There is also a young woman chosen each year at the Chriskindlmarky in Germany that represents the Christkindl.

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