To say I love Christmas is an understatement.....To say I have an unhealthy fixation with all things German? Well, that might be a little too overdramatic, but I do love most everything German (except for that nasty period in the 1930's and 40's they went thru). So when the Christmas season comes around, I always find myself staring at my computer screen, wishing I could spend just one day at the Nürnberger Christkindelesmarket . Never heard of the Christkindelmarkets? Allow me (with Wikipedia's help) to enlighten you...
A Christkindlesmarkt, also known as a Christmas market,is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the advent, mainly the four weeks preceding Christmas Day. Some of the most popular items at the Market are the Nativity Scene (also known as a crèche or crib); Zwetschgamännla (figures made of decorated dried plums); Nussknacker (carved Nutcrackers); Gebrannte Mandeln or candied, toasted almonds; assorted cookies like Lebkuchen and Magenbrot (both forms of soft gingerbread); Christstollen or Stollen, a sort of egg bread with candied fruit; and not least, Glühwein, hot mulled wine (with or without a shot of brandy), or Eierpunsch (an egg based warm alcoholic drink), to keep the body going in the cold winter air. Many other homemade crafts and toys, books, and (in recent years) more or less useful gadgets can be found at a Christkindlmarkt.
A list of markets aroubnd the world can be found here. The Nürnberger Christkindelesmarket has a live webcam, so you can check out all the festivities from the comfort of your own home, but it wont help stymie the desire to be there, especially when you consider the market is situated in front of a 530 year old German Cathedral.I dont know about y'all, but this sounds like a wonderful place to visit! If you are in the Chicago area, there is always the Chicago Christkindelsmarket
or if you are closer to Pennsylvania, there is the Christkindelsmarket Bethlehem, in Bethlehem Pa.