A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 15, 2015
Kris Kringle

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Wikipedia: Kris Kringle
Kris Kringle is a name used in the United States and may refer to:

. Santa Claus, by assimilation in the United States of the separate German tradition below
..  Kris Kringle, the lead character in Miracle on 34th Street
. Christkind (or Christkindl), the Austrian and German Christmas gift-bringer, the Christ Child
. Secret Santa, a gift exchange deriving from the Christkindl tradition

Wikipedia: Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street (in the United Kingdom first released as The Big Heart) is a 1947 Christmas comedy-drama film written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. It stars Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. The story takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City, and focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. The film has become a perennial Christmas favorite.

Plot
Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) is indignant to find that the person (Percy Helton) assigned to play Santa in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is intoxicated. When he complains to event director Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), she persuades Kris to take his place. He does such a fine job that he is hired as the Santa for Macy’s flagship New York City store in Macy’s Herald Square.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
Kriss Kringle, n.
Forms:  Also Christ-kinkle, Kriskringel, Krisking’l, Kris Kringle.
Frequency (in current use): 
Etymology:  See quot. 1919.
U.S. ? Obs.
= Santa Claus n.
1830 J. F. Watson Ann. Philadelphia 242 Every father in his turn remembers the excitements of his youth in Belsh-nichel and Christ-kinkle nights.
1849 J. Rees Myst. City Life 93 Do you think Kris Kringle will come down the chimney to-night?
1864 Sacramento Union 7 Jan. 5/2, I do not know whether the good Saint Nicholas..answers in those regions to the musical title of Kriss Kringle, as in the Queen City.
1919 H. L. Mencken Amer. Lang. iii. 89 Another example of debased German is offered by the American Kriss Kringle. It is from Christkindlein, or Christkind’l, and properly designates, of course, not the patron saint of Christmas, but the child in the manger. A German friend tells me that the form Kriss Kringle, which is that given in the Standard Dictionary, and the form Krisking’l, which is that most commonly used in the United States, are both quite unknown in Germany.

26 November 1841, Pennsylvania Inquirer and Daily Courier (Philadelphia, PA), pg. 2, col. 1:
Kriss Kringle’s Book.
Messrs. Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co, of Market Street above Sixth, have just published a cpaital volume for the holidays. It is the very book for the juveniles, and contains all sorts of amusing and agreeable stories which relate to Christmas.

OCLC WorldCat record
Kriss Kringle’s Christmas tree : a holliday present for boys and girls.
Publisher: Philadelphia : E. Ferrett, 1845.
Series: (American Poetry, 1609-1900 ; Segment II, no. 1179).
Edition/Format: Book Microform : Juvenile audience : Microfilm : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Kriss Kringle’s raree show, : for good boys and girls.
Author: William H Murphy; E J Pinkerton; Charles N Parmelee
Publisher: New York. : Wm. H. Murphy, publisher and printer, 384 Pearl Street, Franklin Book-Store., 1847.
Edition/Format: Print book : Juvenile audience : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Kris Kringle’s picture book
Author: E T Roe
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Donohue, Henneberry, ©1892.
Edition/Format: Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English

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