Christmas is my favorite time of year. It has been ever since I spent it in Germany in 2007. They may as well have invented Christmas. I am convinced they do it better than anyone else (though I have an admittedly small sample size).
In particular, the Weihnactsmarkt or Christmas market is an unforgettable and fantastic highlight of the German Christmas season. These are usually outdoor street fair type things that involve tents and or umbrellas to protect you from the very frequent snowfall. There are warm bevereages for sale: hot cider, cocoa, and a delicious concoction known as Gluehwein (pronounced glue-wine). Made up of red wine, lemon, cinnamon, cloves, sugar, and cardamom or ginger and served hot. There is a point in a German winter where Gluehwein is the only thing that will warm you up all the way to the tips of your toes. And it is delicious.
The Weihnactsmarkt has an incredibly festive effect on any city and can make the frigid air absolutely delightful. It always made me look forward to my time spent above ground between the subway and my destination, despite the frigid temperatures.
In addition to the Weihnactsmarkt, and in keeping with the tradition of many cities around the world, the cities of Germany absolutely light up for Christmas. The storefronts are decorated with diligence and care. The streets are strung with lights and wreaths. And there are Christmas fairs and festivals on a regular basis. (Who wants to spend Christmas in Germany next year?)
I so thoroughly enjoyed Christmas in Germany that year, that every year since I have endeavored to bring as much Christmas into my life as possible. Usually this means a rather indulgent diet of Christmas crafts, baking, cooking, and present giving. Last year I turned all of the doors (and the fridge) in our house into snowmen, strung homemade snowflakes in the kitchen, made so many batches of Paleo eggnog that when the season was over I had eggnog ingredients for weeks, and bought/made so many presents that when I was wrapping them I discovered about twice as many for my big sister as for everyone else.
The point is, Christmas makes me smile. All of it. And I’m starting to think that the sooner it begins and the longer it lasts, the better. I think I’m going to put up the Christmas tree.
Too soon? (It doesn’t matter. Me and the tree well be over here smiling maniacally at each other.)
(Next week maybe when we get back from Albuquerque. That’s right, Albuquerque for the weekend. I am so excited about the cold weather! It’s going to be in the 60s the whole weekend. Woohoo!)
Ah, I almost forgot. Today’s knitting:
The blanket is bigger, I swear.
The buttons are sewn on. Go me.
Here’s the socks on my feet. Aren’t they lovely? That’s the last picture of socks before they get shipped off to their recipient slightly late for a birthday.
Monday we’ll discuss plans for the Fleece Artist. I have an ambitious goal. Also, pictures of Fall from Albuquerque.