Christkind, which is German for “Christ Child,” was considered something like an angel that went along with St.Nicholas on his missions.
- He would bring presents to good children in Switzerland and Germany.
- He is sprite-like, often drawn with blond hair and angel wings.
There are two theories on the origin of Kris Kringle.
- One is that the name is simply a mispronunciation and misunderstanding of the Christkind tradition.
- The other is that Kris Kringle began as Belsnickle among the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1820s.
- He would ring his bell and give out cakes and nuts to small children,
- but if they misbehaved they would receive a spanking with his rod.
In England, Father Christmas comes down the chimney and visits homes on Christmas Eve. He leaves treats in children’s stockings. He would traditionally leave small toys and presents. Children would leave out mince pies and milk or brandy for him.
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