Monday Dreaming: European Christmas Markets

Yesterday my family and I put up our Christmas tree.  As we were hanging each Christmas ornament, we remembered where we were when we got it.  I can name every occasion that occurred and trip we took when we picked up each ornament.  This is such a special time for us as a family.  We put a fire in the fireplace, turn on some Christmas music and decorate the tree while we remember where each ornament came from. 


As I hung the six or seven ornaments (I’ll admit…it is a problem!)that I picked up at Christmas markets in Europe on our 2008 trip, it made me think about all those booths getting ready to open up right now.  We had so much fun wandering Christmas Markets in Vienna, Innsbruck, Garmisch, Munich, and Salzburg.  I couldn’t get enough of them: the cheery bright lights, the marzipan in beautiful shapes lined up in rows, the Christmas music in different languages, and the pretzels bigger than my son’s head! 


I am so very excited because just recently we decided that our next major trip is going to be to return to those Christmas markets in Europe (I am hoping for a side trip to Italy this time!) for Christmas 2011.  We are excited to spend Christmas with my dad and stepmom again, jump in the snow and learn more about Germany.  It is more than a year away, but I am going to try to be patient!

Stop by Mara’s at Mother of All Trips to see what other people are dreaming about on this Monday!


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    The nice hot cup of gluhwein I’ll share with friends at a Christmas market when I visit them in Germany this weekend — that’s what I’m thinking about. Well, that, and a white Christmas.
    Happy day.

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    We try to pick up a Christmas ornament on every vacation, and I love putting them on the tree each year and reliving those memories. What an amazing time you’ll have next year for the holidays! Happy planning!

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    We try to pick up an ornament at every vacation, too. I’d love to see one of these European markets!

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    Yes, we do this all of the time. It’s fun to relive those memories as you decorate your tree…and I even wrote a post about it myself last year 🙂

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    I love this tradition – we started something similar on our honeymoon. I can’t wait for Edinburgh’s market – it really gets me in the Christmas mood!

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    Even as someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas, I have a soft-spot for Christmas markets after visiting one in Edinburgh in 2002 … first time I ever skated, and some of the best gluhwein I ever had.

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    I’m looking forward to hanging the ornaments we bought in Bath last summer on our tree next week! How cool that you’ve got a plan for next year. I expect a full report of all of the pastries missy!