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The Much- Anticipated Christmas Market!

While you were cooking your holiday meals, we were out celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season.  Last night was the first night of the Christmas markets, which open one month before Christmas Day.   
Amelia and her fellow kindergartners had the privilege of opening up the festivities with songs on a stage in the middle of the town square. I wasn’t able to get any good shots of that.  But I did get one of the lady there with the traditional wreath on her head (Amelia told me the name for it, but I’ve forgotten!)  They sang a few songs, including “Nikolaus” which is sung to the same tune as “Jingle Bells.”  

There was quite a lot of fanfare, and afterward we had fun milling around, looking at shops, drinking warm gluhwein and cherry cider.  There were also roasted chestnuts and carousel rides!

I loved all of the booths selling their wares.  This one is a Krippe shop– selling anything and everything you could possibly think of for a nativity scene.  I can only assume that people here set up elaborate towns each year…

The miniature home goods are my favorite, especially the straw brooms!

I’m also a sucker for miniature farm animals.

Baby Jesuses!

And you cannot forget the beehives, birdhouses, rabbit hutches and wells!

There were a lot of stores selling Christmas decorations.

My favorite ones are the woodland creatures, made out of woodland materials.

Of course, there were plenty of sweets shops.  These are Lebkuchen– gingerbread cookies!

Here’s a more “homemade” sort of cookie shop.

 
I love taking pictures of shop owners with their wares, but I am usually too shy to ask…


A very hard-working little Nikolaus!

Cider/ Gluhwein booth.  Here, they serve you your drink in a real mug (no plastic or styrofoam) and you pay a little deposit on the cup.  When you’re done at the end of the evening, you get your money back.  I love this– so little waste, and I feel much more at home drinking from a real mug– more like I’m at someone’s home than at a public event!

One of the best things about being there last night was the fact that there were plenty of people around that we knew!  I have made a lot of relationships with parents of the kids at Amelia’s school, and so we felt like we were actual participants, rather than observers.  That was truly heart-warming for me!

 
We are so happy to be spending Christmas here this year!

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12 Responses to The Much- Anticipated Christmas Market!

  1. Anonymous November 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    Just added something to my “Bucket List” for the Christmas season! This and the Macy’s Parade! One year I will get to do it! Enjoy! It looks fabulous!
    Merry Christmas!!
    Laurie

  2. ShackelMom November 26, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    I can’t think of what I would do with them, but those little brooms and buckets would be hard for me to resist! What a lovely evening! I love the village feel and celebration of the beginning of Christmas and the real mugs! so glad to experience it through your eyes, thanks! Today we decorate our house, so this has got me in the mood!

  3. Anonymous November 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    I could really feel the festive atmosphere! I think I will start my Christmas decorating too!Your photos are lovely. Love you. Grandma

  4. Liane December 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    Pardon my intrusion… I have come across your blog while blog hopping (actually, it was your other blog and i clicked on your link that brought me here :-) I am originally from Berlin, Germany, moved to the United States about 16.5 years ago. Seeing those pictures makes me miss home. I miss all the christmas spirit I know from back then. I guess, I am somewhat the reverse-you… me, being the German who came to America with a two year old daughter and having to learn everything new in a different language… But back to the christmas markets… the smell of Gluehwein, the aroma of roasted almonds in the air, the hot chocolate, to warm up that cold nose… I miss it and your pictures just made me feel at home for just one moment… a very nice moment.. thank you :-)

  5. Ariana December 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Liane,
    I am so please that you could feel at home here for a moment! I cannot imagine how homesick you must feel at this time of year… We are really thrilled to be here for Christmas, it is so beautiful!

  6. Liane June 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    Pardon my intrusion… I have come across your blog while blog hopping (actually, it was your other blog and i clicked on your link that brought me here :-) I am originally from Berlin, Germany, moved to the United States about 16.5 years ago. Seeing those pictures makes me miss home. I miss all the christmas spirit I know from back then. I guess, I am somewhat the reverse-you… me, being the German who came to America with a two year old daughter and having to learn everything new in a different language… But back to the christmas markets… the smell of Gluehwein, the aroma of roasted almonds in the air, the hot chocolate, to warm up that cold nose… I miss it and your pictures just made me feel at home for just one moment… a very nice moment.. thank you :-)

  7. Courtney @ The Polivka Family December 23, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    So beautiful! I am jealous! :)

  8. Courtney @ The Polivka Family December 23, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    How beautiful! I am jealous. :)

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