In Germany there are many different characters for Christmas. Nikolaus comes on December 5th and on December 24th when the actual opening of the gifts is happening. The gifts have been brought either by Knecht Ruprecht, Weihnachtsmann, or the Christkindl, (Christ child) which is an angelic child dressed in a white and/or golden dress much like a long nightgown. It has wings, and usually has a small horse or a donkey as a companion.
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