WEFOUNDA Christmas Child (Illustrated Edition): A Sketch of a Boy's Life (Classic Christmas eBooks Book 15)


Promulgated by Martin Luther at the Protestant Reformation in 16th–17th-century Europe, many Protestants adopted this gift bringer, the Christ Child or Christkindl , and the date of giving gifts changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve . [1] As such, the " Lutheran Church promoted Christ as the children's gift-giver, hoping to draw attention to the child for whom Christmas was named." [2] The Christkind was adopted in Catholic areas of Germany during the 19th century. [3] To this date, the Christkindl "remains the main gift bringer in many Catholic countries in Latin America." [4]

The Christkind is a sprite-like child, usually depicted with blond hair and angelic wings. [5] Martin Luther intended it to be a reference to the incarnation of Jesus as an infant (see Christ Child ). Sometimes the Christ Child is, instead of the infant Jesus, interpreted as a specific angel bringing the presents, as it appears in some processions together with an image of little Jesus Christ. Later, the Christkind was said to make rounds delivering gifts with St. Nicholas . [6]

Children never see the Christkind in person, and parents tell them that Christkind will not come and bring presents if they are curious and try to spot it. The family enters the living room, where the Christmas tree has been put up, for the opening of presents (the Bescherung ) when the parents say that they think that the Christkind who has brought the presents has now left again. In some traditions, the departure is announced by the ringing of a small bell, which the parents pretend to have heard or which is secretly done by one of the adults in the family.


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Promulgated by Martin Luther at the Protestant Reformation in 16th–17th-century Europe, many Protestants adopted this gift bringer, the Christ Child or Christkindl , and the date of giving gifts changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve . [1] As such, the " Lutheran Church promoted Christ as the children's gift-giver, hoping to draw attention to the child for whom Christmas was named." [2] The Christkind was adopted in Catholic areas of Germany during the 19th century. [3] To this date, the Christkindl "remains the main gift bringer in many Catholic countries in Latin America." [4]

The Christkind is a sprite-like child, usually depicted with blond hair and angelic wings. [5] Martin Luther intended it to be a reference to the incarnation of Jesus as an infant (see Christ Child ). Sometimes the Christ Child is, instead of the infant Jesus, interpreted as a specific angel bringing the presents, as it appears in some processions together with an image of little Jesus Christ. Later, the Christkind was said to make rounds delivering gifts with St. Nicholas . [6]

Children never see the Christkind in person, and parents tell them that Christkind will not come and bring presents if they are curious and try to spot it. The family enters the living room, where the Christmas tree has been put up, for the opening of presents (the Bescherung ) when the parents say that they think that the Christkind who has brought the presents has now left again. In some traditions, the departure is announced by the ringing of a small bell, which the parents pretend to have heard or which is secretly done by one of the adults in the family.

Promulgated by Martin Luther at the Protestant Reformation in 16th–17th-century Europe, many Protestants adopted this gift bringer, the Christ Child or Christkindl , and the date of giving gifts changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve . [1] As such, the " Lutheran Church promoted Christ as the children's gift-giver, hoping to draw attention to the child for whom Christmas was named." [2] The Christkind was adopted in Catholic areas of Germany during the 19th century. [3] To this date, the Christkindl "remains the main gift bringer in many Catholic countries in Latin America." [4]

The Christkind is a sprite-like child, usually depicted with blond hair and angelic wings. [5] Martin Luther intended it to be a reference to the incarnation of Jesus as an infant (see Christ Child ). Sometimes the Christ Child is, instead of the infant Jesus, interpreted as a specific angel bringing the presents, as it appears in some processions together with an image of little Jesus Christ. Later, the Christkind was said to make rounds delivering gifts with St. Nicholas . [6]

Children never see the Christkind in person, and parents tell them that Christkind will not come and bring presents if they are curious and try to spot it. The family enters the living room, where the Christmas tree has been put up, for the opening of presents (the Bescherung ) when the parents say that they think that the Christkind who has brought the presents has now left again. In some traditions, the departure is announced by the ringing of a small bell, which the parents pretend to have heard or which is secretly done by one of the adults in the family.


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Meanwhile the problem that OCC use the shoeboxes as an evangelical tool remains a manipulative tactic that should trouble everyone . True charity should be unconditional with no strings attached. OCC state that those who do not accept their message are damned to eternal punishment. Anybody familiar with the nature of evangelical Christians will know that this desire to save people from hell can lead to heavy pressure as well as threats for those who do not accept their message. As an illustration see some of the disturbing email I have received from supporters of OCC .

For those who have already packed a shoebox there are plenty of alternatives, including other shoebox charities (even one by a former member of OCC who left to run a secular alternative). For details see here .



Discuss the issues
To discuss concerns about Operation Christmas Child, or raise any other comment that you want to be seen and aired publicly, then please go to the public forum .

I do not comment on the public forum as it is for free, unmoderated public discussion. If you want a reply then you have to email me. However first please read the FAQ and example emails.

Read these first:

All volunteers must be at least 13 years of age, regardless of a student’s grade level. Due to the warehouse environment we can allow no exceptions to this age requirement. At least one chaperone for every four youth is required (youth volunteers include any volunteers between the ages of 13-17.)

In 2018, we will begin our normal processing season on Tuesday,   November 20th  and finish no later than  Saturday, December 15th  - although our exact completion day is not predictable. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Sundays. Registration for the dates in November and December will begin in early October and last throughout the processing season. 

We will also be doing a special Build A Shoebox Online packing project in our Charlotte Processing Center during the week of June 11th . There will be more information coming on this site soon to register for this incredible opportunity. If you have any questions regarding Processing Center volunteer opportunities, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] 

Promulgated by Martin Luther at the Protestant Reformation in 16th–17th-century Europe, many Protestants adopted this gift bringer, the Christ Child or Christkindl , and the date of giving gifts changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve . [1] As such, the " Lutheran Church promoted Christ as the children's gift-giver, hoping to draw attention to the child for whom Christmas was named." [2] The Christkind was adopted in Catholic areas of Germany during the 19th century. [3] To this date, the Christkindl "remains the main gift bringer in many Catholic countries in Latin America." [4]

The Christkind is a sprite-like child, usually depicted with blond hair and angelic wings. [5] Martin Luther intended it to be a reference to the incarnation of Jesus as an infant (see Christ Child ). Sometimes the Christ Child is, instead of the infant Jesus, interpreted as a specific angel bringing the presents, as it appears in some processions together with an image of little Jesus Christ. Later, the Christkind was said to make rounds delivering gifts with St. Nicholas . [6]

Children never see the Christkind in person, and parents tell them that Christkind will not come and bring presents if they are curious and try to spot it. The family enters the living room, where the Christmas tree has been put up, for the opening of presents (the Bescherung ) when the parents say that they think that the Christkind who has brought the presents has now left again. In some traditions, the departure is announced by the ringing of a small bell, which the parents pretend to have heard or which is secretly done by one of the adults in the family.


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Meanwhile the problem that OCC use the shoeboxes as an evangelical tool remains a manipulative tactic that should trouble everyone . True charity should be unconditional with no strings attached. OCC state that those who do not accept their message are damned to eternal punishment. Anybody familiar with the nature of evangelical Christians will know that this desire to save people from hell can lead to heavy pressure as well as threats for those who do not accept their message. As an illustration see some of the disturbing email I have received from supporters of OCC .

For those who have already packed a shoebox there are plenty of alternatives, including other shoebox charities (even one by a former member of OCC who left to run a secular alternative). For details see here .



Discuss the issues
To discuss concerns about Operation Christmas Child, or raise any other comment that you want to be seen and aired publicly, then please go to the public forum .

I do not comment on the public forum as it is for free, unmoderated public discussion. If you want a reply then you have to email me. However first please read the FAQ and example emails.

Read these first:

All volunteers must be at least 13 years of age, regardless of a student’s grade level. Due to the warehouse environment we can allow no exceptions to this age requirement. At least one chaperone for every four youth is required (youth volunteers include any volunteers between the ages of 13-17.)

In 2018, we will begin our normal processing season on Tuesday,   November 20th  and finish no later than  Saturday, December 15th  - although our exact completion day is not predictable. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Sundays. Registration for the dates in November and December will begin in early October and last throughout the processing season. 

We will also be doing a special Build A Shoebox Online packing project in our Charlotte Processing Center during the week of June 11th . There will be more information coming on this site soon to register for this incredible opportunity. If you have any questions regarding Processing Center volunteer opportunities, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] 

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Promulgated by Martin Luther at the Protestant Reformation in 16th–17th-century Europe, many Protestants adopted this gift bringer, the Christ Child or Christkindl , and the date of giving gifts changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve . [1] As such, the " Lutheran Church promoted Christ as the children's gift-giver, hoping to draw attention to the child for whom Christmas was named." [2] The Christkind was adopted in Catholic areas of Germany during the 19th century. [3] To this date, the Christkindl "remains the main gift bringer in many Catholic countries in Latin America." [4]

The Christkind is a sprite-like child, usually depicted with blond hair and angelic wings. [5] Martin Luther intended it to be a reference to the incarnation of Jesus as an infant (see Christ Child ). Sometimes the Christ Child is, instead of the infant Jesus, interpreted as a specific angel bringing the presents, as it appears in some processions together with an image of little Jesus Christ. Later, the Christkind was said to make rounds delivering gifts with St. Nicholas . [6]

Children never see the Christkind in person, and parents tell them that Christkind will not come and bring presents if they are curious and try to spot it. The family enters the living room, where the Christmas tree has been put up, for the opening of presents (the Bescherung ) when the parents say that they think that the Christkind who has brought the presents has now left again. In some traditions, the departure is announced by the ringing of a small bell, which the parents pretend to have heard or which is secretly done by one of the adults in the family.


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Meanwhile the problem that OCC use the shoeboxes as an evangelical tool remains a manipulative tactic that should trouble everyone . True charity should be unconditional with no strings attached. OCC state that those who do not accept their message are damned to eternal punishment. Anybody familiar with the nature of evangelical Christians will know that this desire to save people from hell can lead to heavy pressure as well as threats for those who do not accept their message. As an illustration see some of the disturbing email I have received from supporters of OCC .

For those who have already packed a shoebox there are plenty of alternatives, including other shoebox charities (even one by a former member of OCC who left to run a secular alternative). For details see here .



Discuss the issues
To discuss concerns about Operation Christmas Child, or raise any other comment that you want to be seen and aired publicly, then please go to the public forum .

I do not comment on the public forum as it is for free, unmoderated public discussion. If you want a reply then you have to email me. However first please read the FAQ and example emails.

Read these first:


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