E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A sort of St. Nicholas (q.v.). On Christmas Eve Kriss Kringle, arrayed in a fur cap and strange apparel, goes to the bedroom of all good children, where he finds a stocking or sock hung up in expectation of his visit, in which depository he leaves a present for the young wearer. The word means Christ-child, and the eve is called Kriss-Kringle Eve. (See SANTA CLAUS.)