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Kriss Kringle

A sort of St. Nicholas (q.v.). On Christmas Eve Kriss Kringle, arrayed in a fur cap and strange apparel, goes to the bedroom of all good children, where he finds a stocking or sock hung up in expectation of his visit, in which depository he leaves a present for the young wearer. The word means Christ-child, and the eve is called “Kriss-Kringle Eve.” (See Santa Claus.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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