Chestnuts roasting on an open fire: The Christmas Market

I’m super excited because December is practically here and I absolutely love everything that revolves around Christmas. The decorations, the food, the music, everything! But the best part of December in Germany is definitely the Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt or Christkindlmarkt).

The Christmas market lasts the four weeks of Advent and sells everything Christmas-related: food, drinks, toasted almonds and nuts, crêpes, nutcrackers, candles, and other seasonal goodies.

In Germany, they also sell the wonderful Bratwurst and Glühwein (a German punch with red wine. I’ll upload the recipe one of these days), apple wine, etc. The list goes on and on, but I won’t bore you with it.

The Christmas Market originated during the Late Middle Ages in the Holy Roman Empire. They organized fairs to sell everything the citizens needed for the cold season. Eventually, bakers and toy makers were added to the Market’s repertoire, along with the roasted chestnuts. Bless the one who came up with the idea.

 The best time to visit the market is at night, when all the lights are on. The thing is, the quality of my photos is limited due to the fact that I don’t have a proper camera and I take them with my phone. Thus, most pictures were taken during the day.

Christmas markets are a tradition in Europe. The biggest ones are quite famous and we all look forward to their openings. Since I live in a small city, our market is rather small, but nonetheless lovely. Maybe I’ll visit the one in Hannover; I’ve never seen it, so it would be a great opportunity to take some pictures and eat like crazy.

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