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  • Thank you for joining us. Fröhliche Weihnachten.

  • Fröhliche Weihnachten.

  • So, we all know about St. Nicholas, but inrnberg,

  • it's Christkind, "Christ child." What happened to Saint Nicholas?

  • In former times, in times of Martin Luther - he was the reformator -

  • he didn't like the Catholic St. Nicholas, and so he introduced the Christkind

  • as the bringer of presents for children on Christmas Eve.

  • It was the 6th of December in former times when St. Nicholas came to the children, and

  • since Martin Luther introduced the Christkind as a Protestant figure,

  • the Christkind brings the presents.

  • On the 25th?

  • No, on the 24th.

  • 24th, okay. But Christkind, "Christ child," is a girl. Why's that?

  • We make a difference between Christkind - it's like a Christmas fairy -

  • and Christlskind. Christlskind is "Christchild," and that's Jesus.

  • The figure of the Christkind has its origins in the

  • Rauschgoldengel, it's an angel. It's the

  • the symbol figure of the market, of our Christkindlesmarkt inrnberg.

  • So Martin Luther wanted the baby Jesus to give the gifts,

  • but he, Jesus, let the angel help.

  • Yeah, that's partly true, partly true.

  • He wanted to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ,

  • and so it's on Christmas Eve - the present-bringing.

  • And it should be a party for Jesus.

  • So tell me how you became the Christkind ofrnberg.

  • I wrote a letter to the government,

  • to our city, and they had a lot of letters.

  • You had to write why you want to become Christkind,

  • and they chose 12 girls, and they were published in the newspaper and on the Internet.

  • And then the citizens were allowed to vote, and the six girls with the most votes

  • were invited in front of a jury. They nominated me for the Christkind.

  • What's the most fun thing about being Christkind?

  • It's always very funny with children, of course. They are very sweet and ask a lot of strange

  • questions. Once they asked me,

  • "Christkind, when do you become a baby with Nicholas?"

  • [laughter] Oh, when you will have a baby with St. Nicholas?

  • Yeah, yeah.

  • Ah. What's the most difficult thing about being Christkind?

  • The most difficult part? Also with children, because they have illusions,

  • and they really believe that I'm the Christkind.

  • And so they always ask me if I can fly,

  • and about the angels, and what does heaven look like, and who is God?

  • A lot of questions, and you can destroy these illusions, so you have to be very careful

  • what you answer to these questions. So, it's difficult.

  • Do you have any childhood memories of the Christkind?

  • Yeah, a lot, a lot.

  • Every year, at the Christkindlesmarkt, we have an opening.

  • And at the opening, the Christkind talks to the people.

  • I did this, this year and last year. You stand on top of a church,

  • and you talk to all the people down in the market,

  • and I always believed that it was the real Christkind, of course.

  • It was for me, ah, I can't explain this. This was a feeling, just great.

  • And you thought maybe you could do that someday? Not when you were little.

  • No, of course not, because it was the real Christkind. And then, it was the horrible day

  • as my parents told me that it's just a girl. And on this day, I had

  • already said that I want to be the Christkind one day.

  • Thank you very much, and Merry Christmas.

  • Thank you, too. Merry Christmas to you.

  • Oh, thank you.

  • Merry Christmas.

  • Merry Christmas.

Thank you for joining us. Fröhliche Weihnachten.

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