And they are simple and engaging decorations throughout the town.
Here at the small hotel we are staying at an Advent Wreath graces the entrance. Here the candles are the traditional red for this region. Bernine Longarm is having a little rest near the wreath
Another tradition here is that of the Advent Calendar – here is one in a store window – each ornament is filled with a little chocolate – one chocolate per day leading up to Christmas. (I think this would be total torture – only one chocolate per day???)
Another long standing tradition – dating from the 1300s is that of the Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas Market.
It is a time for everyone – but a magical time for Children.
Yes they are riding real ponies.
Christmas Markets happen for the entire time of Advent in German towns – and the tradition has spread to neighboring countries. Vendors from the area are selling various crafts and food items. The selection is astounding.
And Christmas Ornaments (yep picked up a few)
And you can grab a bratwurst along the way – or some freshly roasted pork (it was yummy).
Another tradition is Glühwein. It is mulled red wine (hot wine with spices) sometimes with another liquor (Amaretto, Grappa, etc…) Recently a new tradition is that of mulled white wine.
And the market is filled with music – enjoy this holiday carol
Merry Chritmas from Switzerland and Germany!