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Day 13

Every day in our advent calendar, "Today's Concert" is a chance for us to feature many of our talented choirs and bands. Relive their performances from Christkindl Market in 2019, and read their profiles on each page.
We hope you continue to enjoy a new concert each day!

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Today's Concert

The Swiss Farmer Band

Listen to today's concert recorded in 2019 (click >PLAY below). 
Grab a mug of Gluhwein. 
Enjoy the stories and activities on this page including
today's German saying and today's Nutcracker. Visit our Christkindl Marketplace of artisans and shops.

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Share your favourite Christmas choir stories, pictures, and traditions with us.

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Artist: Brie McKenzie, Kitchener, ON

Jewels and coloured stones adorn this nutcracker.

View our whole collection in the Nutcracker Gallery and go visit the nutcrackers in all their glory displayed in downtown Kitchener on a self-guided walk.

Fun Facts About Christmas Carols

Friends in front of a tablet, all decked out in christmas attire.

Why do we sing Christmas carols?

When Christians began replacing pagan winter festivals with Christmas, bishops across Europe requested certain hymns to be sung at Christmas services.

Many composers wanted to write their own carols, but since they were always in Latin, they weren’t terribly popular.

Then in 1233, St. Francis of Assisi started putting on Nativity plays, which included canticles that told the story of Christ’s birth. These were usually all in a language that audience members could understand, so they sang along.

What are the top 10 Christmas Carols of all time?

Silent Night
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Holy Night
What Child Is This?
We Three Kings
The First Noel
Away In A Manger
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Joy To The World

History of O Tannenbaum

The modern lyrics were written in 1824, by the Leipzig organist, teacher and composer Ernst Anschütz. A Tannenbaum is a fir tree. The lyrics do not actually refer to Christmas or describe a decorated Christmas tree. Instead, they refer to the fir's evergreen quality as a symbol of constancy and faithfulness.

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I really enjoyed the advent calendar aspect to the Christkindl Market in 2020. The music, suggested activities, information, and word of the day were much looked forward to in the run up to Christmas. The “Christkindl Market in a box” was excellent value for the money, and the set-up for ordering and picking it up was excellent. The links you gave for the different vendors, and how you took the time to organize them in categories made browsing simple. All in all it was a well thought out and executed plan. Even if we can go to the live event this year, I think that for many, a continued online event would be worthwhile. Thank you to all who made this such a successful market.
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The photos, videos and concerts presented on this website are a chance for visitors to relive Christkindl Markets from 1997 through 2019. In 2020 we were online only.