German Christmas Market-- Saint Paul Christkindlesmarkt
Come and visit the first annual Saint Paul Christkindlesmarkt the weekend of December 11-13th. The market will be open from 4pm to 9pm on Friday, Dec. 11th and from 11am to 9pm on Saturday, December 12th. The official opening ceremony, which includes the lighting of the tree, the introduction of the Concordia Christkind, and a performance by the Saint Paul Chamber Choir, is on Friday at 6pm. The event’s closing concert will be on Sunday, December 13th, at 3pm in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia. COME SHARE THE LIGHT!
This will be a traditional German Christmas Market--Christkindlesmarkt--with stands and stalls decorated with lights and greenery, with live performances throughout the day and evening, vendors with all kinds of specialty wares, and activities for children. Vendors will be selling a variety of things, including handmade crafts, Christmas decorations, jewelry, candles, glassworks, metal works, food, drink and much, much more! You can shop for unique and unusual gifts and at the same time support your local community. In addition to lots of shopping, you can also purchase traditional food at the market, including Bavarian pretzels, roasted nuts, crepes, waffles, Bratwurst, and much, much more! You will also be able to purchase hot drinks in the traditional Glühwein mugs, either with the Christmas market logo, or the hand-sketched color drawing of the city of Concordia on it. Kinderpunsch (children’s hot punch) and hot chocolate will be available for all.
KC Bier, one of the sponsors of the market, will be selling authentic German beer, and the company’s business manager from Germany will be making his specialty Glühwein (sweet hot mulled wine), the most popular and traditional hot drink of the German Christmas markets. (Alcohol will be served inside a fenced area of the market.)
Specifically, for children, there will be a coloring contest and a scavenger hunt. The Concordia Christkind, will also have a story time with the children, telling both THE Christmas story as well as other Christmas fairytales. Children can also come and try their hand at decorating candles (great gifts for parents and grandparents), decorating a gingerbread house, and can even have a visit with St. Nikolaus! We plan to have carriage-sleigh rides with the Concordia Christkind or St. Nikolaus to be available during specific times, in addition to other family activities. The Concordia Christkind will do the drawing for the grand prize of the scavenger hunt, and to receive this drawing, the child must be present at the closing concert on December 13th.
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The first annual Concordia Christkind contest has opened!
If you are interested in applying for the honor to be the Concordia's very first Concordia Christkind, please download the two files. You may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The role of the Christkind is important in many German Christmas markets and all young women in grades 8-12 who attend a Concordia school are encouraged to apply for this honor. You must be available for the dates listed in the application to apply. Requirements include 2 essays and a letter of recommendation. Deadline for submitting all materials is November 15. Judges will select FIVE (5) semi-finalists to be interviewed the evening of Tuesday, December 1st, 2020. The chosen Concordia Christkind will be announced at the end of the evening. There will be one 2020 Concordia Christkind and one alternate, should the winner become ill and unable to fulfill her required obligations.
International / All School Alumni Reunion
*In light of the concerns around COVID-19, we will need to postpone the All School International Reunion scheduled for June 25th-28th. We will plan on having a reunion in June of 2021. Anyone who has paid registration fees will be credited for the 2021 reunion. It's up to all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone, including young and healthy people, should avoid large gatherings during this time. We appreciate your patience during these uncertain times. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. Please keep Saint Paul in your prayers.