_ The weather is providing no warning of the pending Christmas onslaught. Fortunately, in Germany one must merely take note of Christmas street markets popping us like mushrooms after the rain (which have not been popping, due to lack of rain this year).
Some towns have a market on a single weekend. My town traditionally holds theirs on the first Advent, perhaps in hopes of garnering people’s money early in the buying season. Other markets run for the entire Advent period, with the larger cities being well-known. Most people have heard of the Nuremburg market; I have been once (although I only arrived a few minutes before closing time and wandered around watching people close up for the night).
What one finds at these markets is mostly food, plus a selection of Christmas decorations. It is still possible to find items made from wood and not produced in China. People tend to eat and drink, with some of the items on offer being seasonal. Gluhwein (mini-German Word of the Day: hot mulled wine) is a big favorite. Potato pancakes with apple sauce is a big favorite, especially with pregnant women. Don’t ask why.
Snow and cold adds to the charm of Christmas markets, but the weather is mostly damp and cool. Fog tends to dampen spirits and reduce turnover. The weather for the market in my town has not been too different than the weather in July.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.