NEW?ULM - Jenny Gag, daughter of Steve and Michelle Gag of New Ulm, has been chosen as the first Christkind. Gag represented the Spirit of Christmas and met all contestant qualifications to be chosen as the Christkind, who traditionally opens the Christkindlmarkt by reading a prologue or introductory speech, according to a press release.
The Christkindlmarkt, which will be held noon to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, in downtown New Ulm, is a festival and street marketplace that will showcase handmade works and performances by local artisans.
Applicants for Christkind were scored based on involvement in the community, charitable services, future goals and ambitions as well as a desire to represent New Ulm in promotional activities. Young ladies between ages 16 and 19 who live in New Ulm were eligible to be a contestant.
Michelle Gag, right, makes adjustments to her daughter Jenny’s crown before the final fitting of her costume. Jenny Gag is the first Christkind of the New Ulm Christkindlmarkt.
The Christkind is sometimes interpreted as a specific angel bringing presents. A fairy-like being, she is dressed in a gold and white robe with a crown atop her head. Her responsibilities include participation in Christkindlmarkt events, New Ulm parades and events, Chamber of Commerce promotional events, charitable campaigns and the selection of the 2013 Christkind.
The opening ceremony for Christkindlmarkt starts at noon Friday near 1 N. Minnesota St. The Christkind will arrive by horse-drawn carriage and will be escorted by Mayor Bob Beussman. The illumination and dedication of the tree will be followed by the Concord Singers singing "O Tannenbaum." The Christkind will then open the market. The event is open to the public.