It is Christ child, or Christkind, who opens the annual Christmas
markets in Nuremberg with "its", or rather "her"
people of Nuremberg vote for the Christchild every two years. Girls
from Nuremberg who are between 16 and 19 years and are not smaller
than 1m 60cm and who have absolutely no fear of heights can apply.
The young ladies do not necessarily have to have been born in Nuremberg,
but should have been living here for a long time. The applications
are published in the daily Nuremberg papers and readers choose their
favorites. The final choice is made by a jury, which comprises the
heads of the press, tourist and market offices, the director of
drama, the previous Christchild and media representatives. The candidates
then have to read the Christ child's prologue and recite a poem
of their own choice to the jury. They also have to answer questions
on Nuremberg, so not only knowledge is judged.
is an extract from the Christkind's prologue:
every year, four weeks before the time
When Christmas trees we decorate, and everyone awaits the feast,
Here on this square, just as of yore, this market does appear,
Which up and down the country they call Christmas Markt.
This little town is built from wood and canvas
Its splendor's short, will soon be gone,
But yet it is eternal. My market is forever young,
As long as Nuremberg does exist, as long as you remember it"...
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Part 1: Xmas in Germany
Part 2: Christmas Tree
Part 3: Advent
Part 4: Christmas Markets
Part 5: Christ Child
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