Introducing our 2014 Christkindl — Ms. Shersten Eschholz
Meet the 2014 Denver Christkind, Miss Shersten Eschholz. Shersten has been selected for this honorary role due to her German lineage, language capability, love for the culture and her personable and kind nature.
At the age of 13, Shersten’s grandfather immigrated to the United States to escape the raging war, while his family remained behind. As a child during the early WWII years, he hid in the German countryside to escape the bombings of Berlin and impending shadows of being recruited into the war. Shersten grew up hearing about these stories from her grandfather, and to this day is still learning more.
Inspired by her heritage and German speaking father and grandfather, Shersten took four years of the language in high school, including an AP German. In the past, she has had the opportunity to attend and perform with her flute and voice at previous Christkindl Markets in Denver, accompanied by her high school’s German Club.
Shersten is currently a licensed Cosmetologist and works in the town of Parker, where she was just named Miss Parker Oktoberfest 2014. In her spare time she enjoys the art of costuming and painting as well as swing dancing, and loves anything Tolkien. She is a self proclaimed ‘Old Soul’ and loves to travel. She is delighted to be named the Christkind for 2014, and looks forward to celebrating the season with the German community.
About the Christkind tradition
The Christkind (German “Christ-child”) is the traditional Christmas gift-bringer in parts of Germany, Austria, and in other European countries. A fairy-like being with her white and golden dress, blond locks and golden crown, the Christkind has been the symbol of our event for years now. The idea that the Christkind brings children their Christmas gifts goes back to the protestant reformer, Martin Luther (1483-1546).
Keeping with the tradition from previous years, the Christkind will be part of the Grand Opening Ceremony on November 22, reciting her famous prologue translated from the original German, to welcome visitors to the Denver Christkindl Market. Additionally, during the weeks of the market (November 21 – December 23) the young and young at heart will have the opportunity to meet and greet and take pictures with her as she pays regular visits to “her” market.
To learn more about the history of the Christkind please visit Wikipedia.