Monday, December 3, 2012

German Christmas Markets and a Digital Advent Calendar

Christmas in Germany is a big deal. A favorite pastime for Germans and tourists alike is savoring the winter holiday season at a local Christmas market. The colorful fairs spring up in most towns and cities for the four-week Advent season leading up to Christmas Eve. The scents of roasted almonds, gingerbread cookies and savory and sweet snacks mingle with the steam rising from mugs of hot spiced mulled wine as people stroll through rows of wooden booths and stalls. Shoppers find regional handicrafts—nutcrackers, wooden figurines, straw stars, smokers, textiles, cards, cookie tins, glass balls, toys, and tree ornaments. Each Christmas market is unique with its own flavor and traditions. Here is a just a small sampling of Germany's Christmas markets. Click here to read about and view Christmas markets (der Christkindlmarkt) around Germany.

Another German tradition is the Advent calendar, something like the 12 days of Christmas, except it's 25 days! Click here to go to Germany Info's Advent Calendar and visit each day to reveal a new window. Along the way, discover German music, recipes, stories and crafts that will bring a touch of German Christmas tradition to your holiday season. Enjoy! In real life, though, you would be treated with a piece of chocolate. Is there an app for that?

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