In honor and remembrance of all those who may not be as excited about this particular holiday season… I would like to start this blog with a reminder that this holiday can be a troubling, sad, and sometimes depressing time for some. This holiday might not be conducive to feeling happy. Please take a moment to remember and send loving energy to all those around the world who may need to feel uplifted, whatever the form1.
Germany-Deutchland– has been much more of a treat and pleasure that we originally anticipated. The truth is, we loved it and already look forward to someday returning. The geography is lovely, the prices were right [well, what wouldn’t be after being in Norway?], the architecture is gorgeous, and the food is delicious. Being in Germany during the holiday has been an added bonus, too. Quite a few people suggested going to a Weinacht-Markt -Christmas Market2– so we went to four. The first one was in Kitzingen, my mother’s hometown. This one was so small we forgot to take photos. Then we were on a train towards Munchen -known as Munich in English for reasons I really still don’t understand-and someone recommended stopping in Nuremburg to view the most famous Weinachten Market in Germany. So we did. And we were not disappointed. After that we arrived in Munchen. The market there may have been my favorite, although the Nuremburg market was also special, as it was the only one where we saw a horse and carriage go by. After a few days in Munchen we made it to Garmisch. The Christmas market there was called the Christ-Kindl-Markt. Although small it was still lovely.
The unifying themes of all four markets was the Gluhwein, of which I am a huge fan now. It’s basically mulled wine, but with too much sugar so it tastes like adult Kool-Aid. My favorite part is that it is served in real ceramic mugs with decorations on them, maybe the name of the city, as well as ‘Gluhwein’ written on them. You pay a few Euros more, but if you return the mug you get your money back. There were ladies all over the markets holding Gluhwein mugs as keepsakes, which was hilarious.
Another unifying theme was the numerous bratwurst stands [or at least, some type of sausage at the stands]. It occurred to me how funny it is that Americans think we “invented” the hot-dog, when all along in Europe there have been bratwursts served in bread for longer than America has even been a country. Seriously.
Then there are the Leibkuchen [literally translated = ‘love cake’] stands, the stolen [love this stuff, it’s like fruity bread with powdered sugar on top], the candies and sweets, and many many Christmas tree ornaments and hand made items.
All in all I feel very grateful that we have been able to travel and see such a variety of things!
Here are some photos of the German Weinachts-Markts for you to enjoy. Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, and a fruitful and joyous New Year…
Thanks for enjoying! Happy Holidays!
1Recently I read the book titled “Damaged” and it broke my heart. If you have time for a disturbing read, please check out the following. While it is truly a sad book it is so important to remember how much we do
have by reading true accounts of the lives of others. My heart goes out to the Jodie’s of the world http://www.amazon.com/Damaged-Heartbreaking-Story-Forgotten-Child/dp/0007236360