To truly feel the atmosphere of Christmas in Europe, I invite you to cities and towns in Germany, to the Christmas Market, or Weihnachtsmarkt.
Christmas, always a special time of the year, is the season of reunion, the season of the festival or simply the end of an old year.
For Europeans, Christmas is also a time to rest after a year of hard work.
If you come to Europe at this time, one thing that can not be ignored is the Christmas market. Originating in Germany from the 14th or 15th century, the original Christmas market was just a feature of German-speaking countries.
In the last few decades, Christmas markets have become increasingly popular throughout Europe and spread to other European countries such as France, Italy or Great Britain.
However, to really feel the atmosphere of the Christmas market, Germany is probably the most appropriate choice.
Christmas Market (or Weihnachtsmarkt in German) is one of unique features of Germany in December.
Late November and early December is when Christmas markets are opened everywhere in Germany, whether it is a big city or a small town.
Whether large or small, Christmas markets in Germany are usually open in public places such as churches, town halls or train stations. The stalls here are mostly made of wood, which has been a tradition for centuries.
What do people sell at the Christmas market?
In Germany, Christmas is not the place to sell everything as normal markets, but things that can only be found at Christmas. From handmade furniture, traditional toys or winter sweets like chocolate or cinnamon.
Going to Christmas markets in Germany is one way to feel the true Christmas atmosphere in Europe. It’s space for everyone to gather …
Germany still strives to keep its traditions, especially during the Christmas season, the season of the family, the season of reunion. I looked at the children with their eager when their parents took the Christmas market.
Suddenly, I remembered the days in Vietnam when Tet is close by and I follow my mother to Tet markets. In Vietnam, there used to be Tet markets like these ones in Germany, some years ago.
But modern life has left those familiar ones behind.