GERMAN SCHOOL GRADUATE IS VIENNESE “CHRISTKINDL” 2013
The German School Washington D.C. is proud to announce that former student Valerie Huber was chosen to assume the role as Christkindl at the 2013 Viennese Christmas Market. In German lore, the Christkindl is a symbolic figure which brings presents on Christmas Eve. This figure shares much in common with Santa Claus.
This year, Christkindl celebrates her 10th year at the Viennese Christmas Market. 17-year-old Valerie will wander through the market, bringing excitement and wonder to young children and will also tell Christmas stories beneath the grand Christmas tree. When she is not brightening the City Hall Square with her radiant presence, Chritskindl will bring Christmas season joy in the form of Christmas stories and little gifts as she visits retirement homes, preschools, and other social facilities.
As the daughter of a World Bank employee, Valerie attended the German School Washington D.C. from 2009 to 2012 while living in Cleveland Park. “I‘ve wanted to be the Viennese Christkindl ever since I first heard about it. Bringing a smile to people’s faces in the Advent season must be a wonderful experience”, says Valerie. “I’m a very open-minded person and get along very well with children. I enjoy reading to others and currently I take speech training and actor’s training lessons.”
Valerie prevailed against numerous other young women in the application process for the role of Christkindl 2013. Important requirements for the position are an open and communicative character as well as fluency in German and English. “Our school is very proud of Valerie. I remember her as a very outgoing and excellent student. Playing the Christkindl will be an unforgettable experience for Valerie and we wish her much joy during this special time in her life”, says Clara Minami, an alumni herself and now English teacher at the German School.
The Viennese Christmas Market has made the transition from an exclusively Viennese event to a truly international affair with some 145 stalls. Each year more than three million visitors come to the market, including 500,000 from abroad.