Merry Christmas👼

Weihnachten, Krippe, Stall, Bethlehem, Christkind

Over here, we are celebrating Christmas already in the evening of the 24th when the “Christkind” (Christ Child) brings the presents. Before I start explaining I let Wikipedia tell you about the Christ Child:

The Christkind (German “Christ-child“, pronounced [ˈkʁɪstkɪnt]) is the traditional Christmas gift-bringer in Austria, Switzerland, Germany (in the south and west), the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy (however only the South Tirol area), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary, parts of northeastern France, Upper Silesia in Poland, parts of Hispanic America, in certain areas of southern Brazil, Quebec in Canada, and in the Acadiana region of Louisiana. In Italian, it is called Gesù Bambino, in Portuguese Menino Jesus (“Jesus Boy”), in Hungarian Jézuska (“Little Jesus”), in Slovak Ježiško (“Little Jesus”), in Czech Ježíšek (“Little Jesus”), in Latin America “Niño Dios” (“God Child”) or “Niño Jesús” (“Jesus Child”) and in Croatian Isusić or Isusek (“Little Jesus”).

Promulgated by Martin Luther at the Protestant Reformation in 16th–17th-century Europe, many Protestants adopted this gift bringer, the Christ Child or Christkindl, and the date of giving gifts changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve.[1] As such, the “Lutheran Church promoted Christ as the children’s gift-giver, hoping to draw attention to the child for whom Christmas was named.”[2] The Christkind was adopted in Catholic areas of Germany during the 19th century.[3] To this date, the Christkindl “remains the main gift bringer in many Catholic countries in Latin America.”[4]

The Christkind is a sprite-like child, usually depicted with blond hair and angelic wings.[5] Martin Luther intended it to be a reference to the incarnation of Jesus as an infant (see Christ Child). Sometimes the Christ Child is, instead of the infant Jesus, interpreted as a specific angel bringing the presents, as it appears in some processions together with an image of little Jesus Christ. Later, the Christkind was said to make rounds delivering gifts with St. Nicholas.[6]

Children never see the Christkind in person, and parents tell them that Christkind will not come and bring presents if they are curious and try to spot it. The family enters the living room, where the Christmas tree has been put up, for the opening of presents (the Bescherung), when the parents say that they think that the Christkind who has brought the presents has now left again. In some traditions, the departure is announced by the ringing of a small bell, which the parents pretend to have heard of which is secretly done by one of the adults in the family.

Now you know better about the Christmas tradition in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and Liechtenstein, and many other countries. That is the reason why I am already wishing you a very happy Christmas with one of the most beautiful songs performed by a great singer.

Oh, Holy Night – Josh Groban

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May this festive season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round. Merry Christmas!

Erica, this very informative…If you have ever had the opportunity to visit the town of Bethlehem in Israel, you will find that the place where Jesus was born is nothing like you would imagine. Perched on a hill at the edge of the Judaean Desert, Bethlehem is the historical place where Jesus was born “in a manger” and is now preserved by the “Church of the Nativity.” It is considered a major Christian holy site and is one of the oldest surviving Christian churches.

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Yes, I have been there many years ago and I had never expected it to look like that. But still those were moments and although I was only 15 years old I felt a specific and indescribable atmosphere there. In general it was impressive for mind and soul to visit Bethlehem and Jerusalem. I will never forget it.
Merry Christmas, Mihran, to you and your family!

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Thank you very much, Colin. We had a great time in Tirol. I treasured the time with my kids and son-in-law. That was already Christmas for me.
Merry Christmas to you too and a great ending of the year! See you soon!

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We had a lovely celebration in the room of my daughter and son-in-law. We organized a little Christmas tree for her since she love that so much and that way we had a tree to put all the many presents under. It was really lovely!

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