typischer deutscher Weihnachtsmarkt
With the holidays right around the corner, it is a nice time to learn more about some German traditions. The pre-Christmas time is easily my favorite holiday time in Germany. Trees are decorated with little white lights (very few families use colored lights), the smell of Mohnkuchen, Lebkuchen, Glühwein and Kinderpunsch is in the air and friends and families are getting together from all over the country - or in my case - from all over the world. It's the one time in the long winter months that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside even though it is usually cold and dark outside.
One of the best German traditions is the German Weihnachtsmarkt. Depending on the size of the town the Weihnachtsmarkt might last from a single weekend up to a whole month. There are many little wooden houses that are put up and decorated with evergreen tree branches, white lights and Christmas ornaments. They sell food, handmade items, Christmas decoration, hot drinks and much more. It always makes for a great night to go for a stroll with some friends, eat something, enjoy some hot chocolate or hot wine and look for some items to decorate your house with.
Unfortunately, not all of us can go to Germany to take part in this wonderful event, but there are some similar events, right here in PA. There is the Bethlehem Christkindlmarkt every Thursday through Sunday from November 26th to December 19th. Another Weihnachtsmarkt is right in front of City hall in Philadelphia. The Christmas Village in Philadelphia opens its doors from November 25th until December 24th. While certainly not as great as the original, the events are worth checking out. Enjoy some German treats and get into the spirit!