Monday, December 18, 2006

more Christmas market madness

All four of us braved the crowds on Saturday and went to Hannover for some shopping and a visit to the Christmas market. Apparently there were something like 400,000 people in the city at the same time all out to spend as much money as possible. After what seemed like hours choosing just the right jeans for a teenager and his pre-teen but only slightly less picky and opinionated brother, we finally made it out to the market. And guess what? It was pouring rain. And I do mean pouring. And did I mention that it starts getting dark at 4 p.m. now? Oh well. I managed to get a few pictures anyway from under my umbrella.

pyramid in the city centre

lots of lights

handicrafts and treats for sale

At the Finnish Christmas market we saw, but did not eat (too pricey for a quick snack in the rain!) this gorgeous cedar-planked salmon. As equal opportunity carnivores, however, we did sample the reindeer sausage, just like every year. It's, um...different.

Santa didn't mind the rain at all


At December 18, 2006 4:12 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

some pics, you got a truck load of them - thank you!! You know how much I love that stuff...

Yes it does get dark too early, but luckily it's only a few more days before it gets lighter daily. :)

(reminds me of this one village in Italian Alps that just got a mirror to reflect sun into their village)

Looks like a fun market.

At December 18, 2006 4:18 p.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

Ooooh! I do love a good Christmas market!

At December 18, 2006 5:22 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

You know this is your gift to me this Christmas, Ms. Christina!!! I see that it's pretty much the same as last year, though I don't remember seeing the cedar-plank salmon (didn't look that far, I guess). Thanks for the memories!

Deer sausage, btw, is so lean and much better, I think, than any other hard sausage I've ever eaten. While in Wisconsin, the deer hunters often gave some to us. Loved it!

At December 18, 2006 9:05 p.m., Blogger Dixie said...

Good pictures!

I've got to hit my Weihnachtsmarkt at least three more times before the big Saturday send-off.

At December 18, 2006 10:35 p.m., Blogger Cathy said...

Great photos, Christina! It looks like it was a great day.
I'd like one of those cookies that says mein puppchen...;)

At December 18, 2006 11:27 p.m., Anonymous Maribeth said...

Great photo's! I love the pyramid. We have a small one that I bought in Bavaria years ago.
It looks like so much fun!

At December 19, 2006 12:25 p.m., Blogger The Big Finn said...

Finnish Christmas market in Hannover? Umm....why?

Also...Ginnie...I've had both deer sausage and reindeer sausage, and I find them not to be very similar in taste.

At December 19, 2006 4:56 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the pics! I wish we could see the Christmas markets, but when we get to Germany on January 2nd they will be loooong gone! The best thing is see the photos of what we missed! Looks like a lot of fun!

At December 20, 2006 3:26 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Expat - Yep, more light after tomorrow. I'm looking forward to that. It's quite a large market and there's lots to see. There were so many people with umbrellas there though that it was hard to get through and take pics.

ms mac - Come visit next year and we'll drink Glühwein together!

Ginnie - I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. :-) The Finnish market is kind of off to the side separate from the regular Christmas market so you have to go looking for it, but it's been there for a number of years.

Dixie - Does that mean more remoulade? Mmmm! ;-)

Cathy - The gingerbread hears are my favourite. You can get them to write anything you want on them if you don't find one you like.

maribeth- We have a small pyramid too. I think they're so pretty.

TBF - I have no idea, it's just there. Hannover may have a partner city in Finland. Germany is big on that kind of thing. The reindeer sausage is pretty good but they mix it with pork so it's probably not all that authentic.

Cynthia - Yes, no more markets in January but there's lots of other stuff to see. I bet you can't wait.

At December 20, 2006 5:32 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

I think my favorite part of that post was the part about picking out the right jeans. It reminded me of my brother... he was SO picky at that age! I think he spent more time getting ready and put more goop in his hair than my sister and I combined.

At December 20, 2006 10:36 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Angie - Yep, it was a battle all right. Can't wait until they're 16 and 19. :-)

At December 22, 2006 12:41 p.m., Blogger Berlinbound said...

Frohe Weihnachten Christina!

At August 01, 2010 8:29 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...


Did you watch the Lebkuchenherzen closely? A heart in the uper right corner reads "Meine Mausi"...I hope your husband bought you that one!

I made a screenshot and highlighted it for you.



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