Happy Friday! This is just a quick post…and will, no doubt, be a perfect example of why most of my posts contain little to no pictures. Photography is, well, challenging for me. (Both the taking and the being taken!!) Nevertheless, I wanted to share a few photos from our “outing” last night, so please bear with the photos. We went to a German Christkindlmarkt. Right here in Northern Virginia:) It was put on by the German Armed Forces Command and was my first German Christmas market. We have often talked of traveling to Germany during the holidays…especially to experience the markets. Who knew we could simply drive to one!:) It was: very authentic, very well organized, incredibly festive, so much fun and…..beyond crowded. We were completely surprised at how the number of people! But the crowd, honestly, just made it more festive.
There were several booths selling handmade items. Christmas ornaments, homemade jam (with glitter!), socks, etc. Yes, one of each came home with me! A German butcher as well as a bakery/sweet shop were also there selling all sorts of food items. My husband was especially excited to bring home some “real” bologna. Everyone has their thing:)
And then, there was food! So much food. Everyone was given a ticket when they entered which could be redeemed for either a bowl of steaming pea soup, German bratwurst, or a bowl of Spaetzel mac and cheese. As much as my husband would have loved a bratwurst, the line was incredibly long. There were way too many other tasty temptations for us to stand in one line that long. There were also places for strudel, cake, waffles, and, of course, beer and mulled wine. All of which was free. Having never been to a market in Germany, I’m not sure if these treats are typically complimentary, but we were certainly surprised….pleasantly surprised:) The cake slices were huge and delicious. We tried the Peppermint Cheesecake as well as Mandarin Chocolate Cake. Delicious! I will say, if you were like us and not beer or wine drinkers, you went thirsty. There was not a cup of water to be found anywhere and, yes, I was thirsty after all that cheese!
The weather was perfect. But, honestly, the festive atmosphere was the best! Everyone seemed to be full of Christmas cheer. (Or maybe German beer and mulled wine – lol!!) We met some really interesting people both at the booths and while standing in line. It was a great night and, hopefully, an event that can become a holiday tradition. Better yet, I think we need to attend one of these markets in Germany. Just for comparison’s sake!!:) Think you can find us in this crowd??
Happy Friday friends!! Have a wonderful weekend – let me know if you have been to an actual Christmas market in Germany!