The people of Munich have their very own Christkindl or Christchild. Every year it is displayed for worship from the first day of Christmas until the Three Kings Day early January, in the Bürgersaal Kirche (Church)
The daily mass at 5 pm has a long tradition and are the highlight of the Christmas season for many people. There is the Augustinian Christkindl, a precious, life-sized Baby Jesus wrapped in ornate silver ribbons.
A legend of 1624, a Monk of the Augustinian Order was sneaking by night to the now so famous Christkindl, to hold it in his arms and cradle it. In his excitement he dropped the valuable treasure of his monastery, and the almost life-like little head with the beautiful glass eyes burst into a thousand pieces. Desperately, the monk cleared the pieces in a cupboard and asked God for help.
As Christmas approached, he had to confess to the Abbot his offense. However, when they opened the cupboard together, the face had miraculously reassembled. Only a crack on the cheek bears witness to the fall.
Since then, the people of Munich have been worshiping their Augustinian Christkindl.
Baby Jesus found a new home after the turmoil of secularization and the abolition of the Augustinian monastery in the civic hall of the Marianischen Männerkongregation