christmas market monday
J suggested that those of us who had the chance should visit a Christmas market on the weekend and post some pictures. I just happened to attend two different markets, one on Saturday, the other on Sunday. More on that in a minute.
Friday afternoon (Mr. M only works until 1 p.m. on Fridays, lucky guy) would have been more of a success if that obnoxious and very persistant door-to-door storm window salesman hadn't rudely interrupted the "little nap" we were enjoying after lunch. Being German, Mr. M somehow feels obligated to answer the doorbell or the phone no matter what he's in the middle of. Oh well. It was good for a laugh.
Friday evening turned out much better. We went to a friend's house for a delicious traditional fall/winter meal of Bregenwurst mit Grühkohl (bregenwurst with kale), and boiled potatoes. Although I'm usually quite happy to eat what's set in front of me, I find the last sentence of the Wikipedia entry on bregenwurst to be strangely comforting.
Saturday I bussed it to Hannover to do some shopping and took my camera with me. I didn't go to the large Christmas market in the older part of town, however there was a smaller one set up in front of the main train station that was quite nice.
Sorry the pictures aren't really up to par. It was a grey day and I had other things on my mind, but I think you can get the idea. Glühwein, bratwurst, gingerbread hearts, arts and crafts, rides for the kids. You know the drill.
My dear friend Ginnie is going to be in town for the next couple of weeks starting today so we may just tackle the much bigger Hannover market together some time soon.
Sunday morning found me five tiny towns over visiting my English friend F and her little boy R who will be turning four at the end of January. Christmas came early for R this year. His eyes lit up when I lifted a well-used but still perfectly servicable scooter and pedal go-cart out of the trunk of my car. Our kids are too big for them now so we thought we'd do everyone a favour and recycle. More vehicular fun for R and less junk in our garage. What a deal!
On Sunday afternoon we strolled on down to Dullsville's very own annual Christmas market. It was, well, dull. Duller than it's ever been before, unfortunately. Something was definitely missing this year and I have the feeling there may have been some boycotting of certain groups going on. We are not (nor do we care to be) party to all the social politics and intrigue that goes on in this little village so I suppose we'll never know. Again, the pictures are not great because there was barely anything to take pictures of. Maybe next year.
We made the best of it, though, enjoyed the Christmas cheer and bought a few raffle tickets. And guess what? Lucky Boy13 won a gift certificate for €7.50 worth of goodies from a local bakery. He was well pleased.
One of the highlights of the Christmas market was finally getting to see the inside of the newly-restored Michaeliskirche, the beautiful Lutheran church in the centre of town. Thanks to many donations from the community, experts had been working on the church's interior since September, painting, polishing and repairing until the lovely sculptures and ornaments had their old glow back. It's an impressive sight.
Yesterday also marked the first Advent Sunday in Germany. That means that the holiday season is officially in full swing. I'm a little behind this year - haven't even made my Advent wreath yet, but I'm not worrying. Christmas is going to happen just the same.
Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt.
Erst eins, dann zwei, dann drei, dann vier,
dann steht das Christkind vor der Tür
(Advent, Advent, a little light is burning.
First one, then two, then three, then four,
Then the Christ Child stands outside the door.)