Ascension’s Christkindl Fest—December 9, 2023
Posted on October 24, 2023 | Posted by Mary Stoneback
RSVP for Ascension’s 2023 Christkindl Fest happening Saturday December 9, 3:30pm–6:30pm.
RSVP—it helps us in the planning!
Volunteer for a Shift at this year’s Fest! Click HERE to Sign–up!
A Message from this year’s Christkind, Annie Pirtle!
Fest Photo Highlights
WHAT TO EXPECT?
- Friendly people
- German food, drink and treats
- Cocoa the Cupcake Truck
- Warm fires
- Christmas market vendors
- Christmas caroling by candlelight
- Crafts & Fun–tivities
- Something for all ages!
What is a Christkindl Fest?
Christmas markets have been a German tradition since at least the mid 1500s. Seasonal markets were held in Germany year around. Christmas markets were an especially joyous, anticipated event, as they brought light and and laughter to a cold, dark season. Christmas markets, known as Christkindlmarkts, were a festive meeting place for people. Villagers bought and sold homemade Christmas ornaments, decorations, and gifts.
Martin Luther’s Role in Christmas Customs
Religious Reformer Martin Luther played a major role in our current Christmas customs. Luther instituted new Christmas gift giving traditions. Before Luther, the exchange of Christmas presents took place on the Saint Days of St.. Nicholas (December 6) or St. Martin (November 11). The tradition of giving gifts to children on Christmas became a boon to the Markets. Luther suggested that children receive presents from “The Christ Child”, Christkindl. Christkindl is a romantic, fairy like being, dressed in white and gold, with golden hair topped by a golden crown. Christkindl is the German equivalent of Santa Claus.
In the spirit of the season, we will receive donations at the event for The KPC Respite Center.
This coming Advent season, Ascension looks forward to welcoming all to a gathering full of delicious food, gifts, fellowship, sounds of the season and more. Bring your family, invite your friends and share the gift and love of the Christ child.