December in Germany

Have you ever visited Germany in December? It’s a magic month, where all of a sudden Germans become a little more social and might even say “hi” to a stranger like you at one of the various Christmas Markets. It’s the decorations, lighting, music, the sweet smell of “Mutzenmandeln” (traditional warm pastry with icing sugar) and of course “Gluehwein” (mulled wine) that seduces us to smile and be happy. I have visited Christmas Markets is France and New Zealand, but believe me it’s worth a trip to come to Germany and enjoy the extended version of it all. Huge real Christmas Trees everywhere instead of the faked ones that you know from your town or shooping mall. Small wooden houses, lovely decorated, where people sell ceramics and socks…forget about your Santa Parade. It’s nothing like that. The Christmas Markets in Germany are pretty unique and you know you are German, if you can’t resist:

  • gebrannte Mandeln
  • Speckkuchen
  • Reibekuchen
  • Mutzenmandeln
  • Crepes
  • Bratwurst
  • Grünkohl
  • Glühwein
  • Schokolade mit Amaretto

Happy Advent Season!

Christmas Market in Cassel / Germany
Looking for a Christmas Tree

4 thoughts on “December in Germany”

  1. Happy Advent to you, too.

    I miss German Christmas markets very much. Here in North Carolina, the idea of drinking alcohol on the streets doesn’t fly. And the temperatures (21 °C/70 °F earlier this week) are way too warm for mulled wine anyway.

    Advent is pretty much unheard of, too. It feels to me like Christmas starts the day after Halloween, and the Christmas tree has to be up for Thanksgiving. I guess that explains the need for fake trees.

    On the positive side: You see a lot of Moravian Stars (German: Herrnhuter Sterne) here. Winston-Salem, NC was founded by Moravians. When I grew up in Germany (close to Cassel), every protestant church had a Moravian start during Advent and Christmas.


  2. Hi Sabine! Thank you! I really enjoy Advent this year, because I was in New Zealand last year and missed it all. You are right it’s just to warm for real trees. A few days ago we drove to the Christmas Market in Marburg…you probably know that one as. It was so lovely! I do see a lot of Maoravian Stars here as well…what I miss this year is Christmas music on the radio and in the shooping centers. Happy Holidays and all the Best for the New Year!


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