Glühwein & other German Christmas Traditions.17.12.13
I am so excited that it is almost Christmas, this will be our second year celebrating it in Hamburg. Christmas in Germany is fun, festive, traditional and cold. Being our second year here we are still not fully aware of how Germans do Christmas, but there are some things I have noticed:
Our "landlords" gifted us a real Christmas tree last year, and they will again this year. The bad thing about this, in my opinion, is that Germans generally put it up and decorate it a day before (or on) Christmas eve. Totally not what we're used to (putting it up at the beginning of the month or end of November) but it's okay, we don't mind.
Another cool thing about the holidays in Germany are the Christmas markets. They sell food, hot chocolate, glühwein, and a lot of hand crafted Christmas decorations. Every "Weihnachtsmarkt" is decorated with lights, Christmas trees and other ornaments, making it look very festive. :) Some Christmas markets even have different events on different days, and Avi's Kindergarten takes part and the little kids go sing Christmas songs, it's very cute.
I will be getting the recipe for homemade glühwein and sending it to family, especially my sister so they can make some and feast on it during one of our family's traditional posada navideña; that happen between December 16th and 23rd. It'll be nice, even if i'm not there they can have a piece of Germany and us with them!
Where will you be spending Christmas this year?
Until next time,