Symbols

Christ Child

[ ˈkʀɪstˌkɪnt ]

According to story, the Christ child comes at Christmas and brings, without being seen, the Christmas gifts. The exact “division of duties” between Christ child, St. Nicholas and Santa Claus has developed differently over time, from region to region. The festive symbolic figure is especially known  in Austria, South Tirol, Switzerland and in the catholic regions of Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and in the Czech Republic. 

The character of Christ child was originally identical with the newborn Christ child/Jesus. But the usual depiction shows an older, child with blond, curly hairs, wings and a halo. Over the years the child has grown and today it is mainly portrayed as a young, angelic woman. The adaptability of the Christ child is also shown in the confessional connection. Originating in catholic tradition the child was mostly known in protestant Germany and Switzerland. It became very popular and ousted St. Nicholas gradually, just to be replaced by Santa Clause short time after. Together with Advent wreath and Christmas tree it “emigrated” back into Catholic Bavaria and Austria.

Nowadays, the Christ child is very popular across all denominational boundaries. Not just as a figurehead of the numerous Christmas markets and advertising campaigns, but also in private homes, in the families, when everyone’s waiting for it to bring the gifts and to fulfill some wishes.

 

> Usage of the symbol

Usually, the figure of the Christ child is used for decoration purposes during the Christmas season. In addition to that the symbol is a strong mediator and cosmic friend, like every other angel. For this purpose, the bagua n° 6 fits particularly well, but also the entrance or meditation area of your home can profit from that gentle energy. 

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