You know how I said Christmas was my favorite time of the year? Well, let’s face it, nobody does Christmas quite like Germany and it’s famous Christmas markets.
Once the end of November rolls around, Germany turns into a sea of Jack Wolfskin jackets, hats and scarves (they’re always well prepared for the cold weather) and everyone heads to their local Christmas market. In the German’s case, this is Osnabrück, and last year we managed to fly in just before the market closed – you can imagine the excitement on my face when I realized we’d make it to Osnabrück before the market closed!
We literally jumped off the plane and headed into the city, ready to get into the festive spirit and soak up the Christmas atmosphere. Weihnachtsmarkts pop up in just about every German town and city in December, some are bigger than others but they’re all just so festive. It’s so good to see people of all ages in the same place, meeting friends, chatting and keeping warm with some Glühwein or a hot chocolate. It is definitely my most favorite German tradition they’re just so pretty with their little huts covered in lights that line the streets of the towns.
Strolling around you’re hit with so many different, delicious smells. First, there’s the Glühwein, a red wine loaded with spices and heated up to keep you warm. Obviously, this is Germany so you can add a shot of amaretto or any other liquor to spice it up that little bit more, it wouldn’t be Germany if you couldn’t!
Then there’s the bratwurst and currywurst, the Kartoffelpuffer, caramelized almonds and other nuts, Lebkuchen and various other different treats like deep fried cheese, vegetables and of course pommes – that’s chips to you Brits and french fries for the Americans around here! You literally don’t know what to chose and usually come away feeling a little bit full with half a bag of almonds because your eyes were a little it too big for your belly!
The aim of the game is to stroll around the little huts, check out some of the handmade gifts and drink as much Glühwein, feuerbowle or hot chocolate as you can manage whilst catching up with your friends and family. If you ask me, it’s a blummin good tradition that should be adopted everywhere around the world! Well done Germany, this expat is so sad that she won’t be able to make it to one of your very Christmassy and very special Weihnachtsmarkts this year.