T’is the Season~
Why hello there my lovely readers and welcome to another post! It feels like not long ago since I wrote the last but alas, December is already upon us and Christmas is in fact fast approaching. And what better to write about than the ever so famous German Christmas Markets!
Now, I am not going to lie. I am a complete sucker for Christmas markets. I love them! The sweet smell of Gluhwein, mixed with all round festive cheer is just something I cannot get enough of. So one can only imagine just how excited I was to discover I would be spending my Christmas season in Germany! The origin of these beautiful markets! They have only been up for just over two weeks now and I have already been more times that I can count.
Not that you can help it really. In Frankfurt, although the main Christmas markets can be found in Römer (the old part of the city), the market stalls can actually be found spread all across central Frankfurt! Which means, every day on my way to and from work, I have to walk through these beautiful (yet permanently busy!) huts in order to get home. And, if I am walking through the area anyway, there is no harm in stopping buy a few stores for caramel coated peanuts, or a lovely mug of cinnamon flavored hot chocolate, right?
Because eating at a Christmas Market is obviously part of the fun. And with the crazy amounts of food they have on offer (over half of which I have yet to taste
although this is definitely something I am going to rectify) it is almost a crime not to try as much as possible. There are pretzels in seemingly every flavor, from the traditional salted, to chocolate flavored! And then all the other assorted baked good, which, luckily for me, included Lebkuchen, my utter FAVOURITE christmas snack! And then of course they offer pizza, pasta, crepes, waffles, assorted nuts, candy apples, candy floss, chips, bratwurst mit rind- oder schwein- fleisch and burgers. Because how could you forget burgers, am I right? As for drinks, as you may know, Germany is almost famed for their delicious Glühwein at Christmas, which traditionally does contain alcohol however you can also buy it without alcohol (which in my opinion is arguably nicer – the warm berry flavour is definitely a lot stronger!). There is really nothing nicer on a Friday afternoon that to join your friends at the Christmas Markets, warming your hands on the steaming hot mugs of berry flavored drinks.
And if the excessive food eating does not epitomize the essence of Christmas, then the endless rows of shops will! They sell everything! From the traditional wooden figures of nutcrackers to mouldings of famous buildings in Frankfurt, to glasses and mugs to Christmas decorations to honey candles to the cutest teddies I have ever seen (I am definitely buying a kitten on. No question.)
And then of course there are other pieces of eye candy at the Market. There at least three different merry-go-rounds in the Frankfurt Christmas markets, which are amazing fun, for adults and children alike (although predominately for children, I have heard….). And then, our WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TREE (which was donated to us from a company all the way in Austria! Our Christmas tree traveled all the way from Austria! Is that not AMAZING??)
Being in Frankfurt during this time of year has been a truly magical experience. It was like stepping into a fairytale except everything was even bigger and better than I could ever have imagined. Because the Christmas Markets aren’t just about eating tons of food and spending all your money. It’s about sharing the space with what seems like the entirety of Frankfurt, all of whom who have gathered to celebrate this wonderful time of year. It is about spending the evenings outside, despite the freezing cold, to talk and laugh with friends and colleagues. It is about that sense of family and other such traditional values which, to me, is very symbolic for German culture. I feel honoured to have been a part of this experience and, I hope that if you ever get the chance to, you will also get to participate in the wonder that is Germany at Christmas time.
Anyway, that is it from me for the time being. I want to wish everyone who is reading this a truly ‘frohe Weihnachten’ and a simply amazing New Year! 🙂
Oh, and ps, for all of you who can read German and are interested in making your very own Lebkuchen, check out this awesome recipe!
1 – Ofen auf 200 degreesC vorheizen
2 – Zutaten:
1 päckchen Vanille
1 päckchen Backpulver
100g gemmahlen Haselnüsse
(ggf 150g kandierte Früchte)
3-4 TL Lebkuchengewürz
1 TL Nelkenpulver
3 – Add und Zutaten:
150g flüssige Butter
4 – Teig auf Backpapier auf dem Backblech ausbreiten
5 – 20 min backen
And there you have it. It is really that simple! Do try this at home and let me know how you get along! 🙂
Happy baking y’all 😉