November for me, is a time when Christmas still feels a long way off. There’s still lots of work to be done, birthdays to buy for and my own birthday coming up on the 21st before which I find it very difficult to become excited about the upcoming holiday. A November Christmas tradition I look forward to every year however is the German Christmas Markets.
I usually attend the Nottingham event which is a small but fabulous selection of stalls filled with delicious German delights, and usually some English craft stalls too for a spot of unique Christmas shopping. This year however I’m planning a trip to the Birmingham market, which I’ve heard is spectacular, huge, and completely fabulous! In the past I have bought an amazing rock salt tea light holder from a stall that’s there every year, and I intend to buy another this year to make up a pair.
The food however, is the real reason to go. It’s not exactly low calorie or at all healthy, but for pure winter comfort food it can’t be beaten! Spicy gingerbread, giant pretzels, delicious breads and cakes, glazed doughuts, the baked goods are amazing. Likewise the “meal” food – fried mushrooms and potatoes amazingly seasoned, giant bratwurst and burgers for the non-veggies, all washed down with beer or Glühwein – fabulous German mulled wine that comes in loads of different flavours.
Most of the larger markets have bands or other entertainment laid on too, so it’s a great way to start an evening out, or end a shopping trip. To find out where your nearest one is, go to christmasmarkets.comwhich has listings for all over the world. Wrap up warm, take public transport because the Glühwein’s more potent than it seems, and I guarantee you a fabulous evening out!
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