Der Weihnachtsmarkt

Around this time of year I get to experience one of the things I love most about Europe: Christmas markets.

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With no major autumn holidays other than Oktoberfest, it’s easy to get into the Christmas spirit early in Germany (especially when Aldi brings out the Christstollen and Lebkuchen at the end of August). This year it feels especially early to be celebrating since the weather has been consistently warm since September. But after an extremely rainy Friday the temperature dipped to more wintery levels on Saturday for my first Christmas market of the year, right here in our little town.

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Doing my part to support local children by eating chocolate penguins

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Christmas markets provide an opportunity for crafty people to sell their wares and local clubs to earn some money by selling sausages and baked goods. Mostly, though, it’s about the alcohol.

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‘Tis the season for Glühwein.

Specifically the Glühwein, but in typical German fashion there is always beer and schnapps too.

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The quick temperature drop meant everyone was eager to get cosy with a few warm drinks.

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While I do miss the snow in Canada that I’ve learned to associate with this time of year, I do have to appreciate the fact that it’s warm enough that we can manage to stand outside for several hours at a time. What a luxury.

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A summary of the evening
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