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By Betty Vanderwielen

Who Brings Holiday Presents?

Part 3 of 4


December 21, 2017

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This 1893 drawing depicts the Infant Jesus being carried by angels to the house of two children awaiting Christmas presents. Accompanying angels carry a decorated Christmas tree.

Part 1 of this series on holiday gift-givers talked about Saints and Santas, Part 2 about The Three Kings. Part 3 will discuss

The Baby Jesus or Christkind as Gift-Giver

In European countries such as Austria, Germany, Slovakia and some South American countries such as Columbia, Christmas presents are brought by the Baby Jesus or the Christkind. In Hungry he is called Jezuska, or Little Jesus. Though the Christ Child is generally pictured as a young, blond child with angel wings, he is never actually seen delivering the gifts.

In Columbia the children write Carta...

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