Christmas Customs

I have enjoyed reading all the different Christmas customs posted here, but
was wondering if anyone could tell us about Kris Kringle. He must be of
German origin, as we have here in Chicago a Kris Kringle Mart during the
holiday season. This if an open air market with vendors all from Germany
selling stollen, nutcrackers, coo coo clocks, and many other items.


Hi Cheryl,
could it mean "Christkindel" (Christkind=Christ child/Infant Jesus as my
dictionary says)? In Germany many christmas fairs/markets are called
Christkindel-Markt (especially in the south).