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Christmas Market in my neighbourhood

» Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Culture | 4 comments

Christmas Market in my neighbourhood

Although the reasons for moving home are usually positive, like moving to a nicer property or a new job, the move itself can be traumatic. I recently moved house and for the last 2 weeks all i have been doing is packing, packing, unpacking and unpacking!!! Moving house can be lots of fun if not for the endless packing and unpacking involved. If i see another box to unpack i will scream!!!!! 🙂 I have hardly had the time to even take a few minutes to check out my new neighbourhood.

Finally, this weekend i get to have my first family day outing in my new environment.. Since Christmas is all around already what better way to spend this time than with something Christmasy….yeah!!
Like some of you already know from our old posts, i love love the Christmas season and most especially the traditions around this time.

Out here in Germany, Christmas or Weihnachten”, is considered by Germans to be the most important of the major holidays. Not only the holiday itself, but also the weeks leading up to the celebration of Christmas involve many traditions and customs of diverse origins.
During the four weeks before Christmas, we celebrate Advent, a romantic and delightful time of the year, which is strongly linked to traditional Christmas markets in wonderful settings. During this time , the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) becomes a feature of almost every German city, town or village, where visitors enjoy stalls, entertainment, and savour food and Glühwein (mulled wine).

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Gingerbread treats (Lebkuchen), Marzipan figures and other sweets….yummy!!!

You’ll find plenty of hand-crafted Christmas decorations, cute little incense burners, wooden-carved toys like the Nutcracker figures (Nussknacker), Christmas pyramids (Weihnachtspyramiden), Gingerbread treats (Lebkuchen), Marzipan figures and other sweets, and nativity scenes to place at the heart of your Christmas display. Stollen (fruit cake), the oldest known German Christmas treat and Christmas cookies (Plätzchen) are often baked during this time. Lighted city streets and homes are all signs that Christmas is on its way.

 

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the upper gate and entrance into the main street of the Altstadt (old town center)

Germany’s first Christmas market was recorded in 1393, and today there are thousands of them all over the country. With all the traditions linked to this season, the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) is one of my favourites 🙂 Every year i make sure to visit as many markets as possible. I just love the mood and enchanting Festive Season atmosphere they evoke. Like Lucy once said  “you immediately get this Christmasy feeling and you find yourself smiling at everyone and practically humming along a Christmas carol”… 🙂 Yes, the atmosphere is just right if you want to get into the christmas mood.

This year i start my market tours right here in my new neighbourhood. 🙂 There is no better or more pleasant way to get to know my new environment. Each year a small but great Christmas market takes place in the Altstadt (old town center).

 

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The main street of the Altstadt (Old town)

The main street of the Altstadt (Old town) is a lovely street with carefully refurbished stud work houses and numerous traditional restaurants inviting for a stop. This historic idyll with nostalgic courtyards from the upper gate on the main road to the Klosterhofstrasse (end of the main street) makes the Christmas market in Hochstadt a very special experience. The children look forward to the live nativity scene in a romantic Farmhouse with campfire. On both days the Saint Nicholas coach comes with gifts for the children.

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nostalgic courtyards makes the Christmas market in Hochstadt a very special experience.

 

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a romantic corner in an old farm-house where you can savour food and Glühwein (mulled wine).

I hope you did have fun checking out my new neighbourhood and Christmas market. As next i will be visiting a much bigger market in a new city, maybe somewhere in your neighbourhood 🙂

 

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Lighted city streets and homes are all signs that Christmas is on its way.

I wish you all a very lovely Advent season and stay cool until we meet again. Hopefully one last time this year before the holidays begin 🙂

click here to check out our old posts on Christmas markets.

 

from “Deutschland” with luv,
Nakutana

 

 

 

 

 

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