Our festival has several folklore characters who are gift givers. Today, let's get to know Christkindl.
Christkindl, pronounced Kriss-kindl, represents the Christ Child who in some European countries replaced St. Nicholas as the bringer of gifts at Christmas. Over time, the baby Jesus was changed into an angelic figure who wears a robe and wings. Unlike Santa Claus who comes down the chimney, the Christkindl flies into the house through a window to deliver gifts.
Traditionally the Christkindl, usually a teenage girl wearing a golden robe, a crown and wings, opens Christkindl markets around the world. If the name Christkindl sounds familiar to you, it may be because you’ve heard the similar name Kris Kringle – another name sometimes used for Santa Claus. In North America, the name Christkindl changed to Krischkindel, then to Kriss Kindel, then Kriss Kinkle and by the 1840s to Kriss Kringle. In the 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street, the name Kris Kringle was reinforced in people’s minds – when a department store Santa Claus known as Kris Kringle insists that he is the one and only Santa Claus.
Want to know more about Christkindl, Kris Kringle and gift-givers from other cultures? Ask your local library to borrow:
The World Encyclopedia of Christmas, written by Gerry Bowler, published by McClelland & Stewart in 2000.
Founded in 1939, the Schneider Male Chorus has earned the reputation of being one of the most active and finest choruses in Southern Ontario. We annually perform many, many concerts at Seniors’ Residences, Long Term Care Facilities, Churches and for charity/fundraising events within the Region of Waterloo and the immediately surrounding areas.
Although the chorus is made up of non-professional singers, our aim has always been to maintain a high standard of performance. Our men devote many hours of rehearsal and performance to the joy of singing.
The Chorus performs a varied repertoire of sacred music, spirituals and secular music, from classical to modern composers.
Today, the Schneider Male Chorus is under the direction of Nancy Kidd, with Lori Danylchuk and Mark Goulet as accompanists.
Get in touch or learn more by visiting their website.