Thank you for celebrating Christmas with us!

on December 14th, 2017 by

GTHS Blog

We hope y’all enjoyed our German-Texan Christmas Market on December 2nd, 2017.

We did not anticipate this many people to show up and we apologize for the long wait to get into the grounds and building. The weather was just too nice and tempting for people to come out and play. Many improvements are planned for next years’ market to reduce lines and waiting times. So even if the weather is not nice next year, please come anyways. We’re counting on you! We will just double up on Glühwein to make up for the not so nice weather.

-More than 2,600 Christmas markets opened across Germany this month! These popular holiday markets offer traditional German treats such as Lebkuchen, Bratwurst, hot Glühwein (mulled wine) and hot chocolate for the kids! For many Germans, the street markets are a highlight of the holiday season, bringing comfort, warmth and companionship to the heart of their towns.

Rows of colorful ornaments, toys and handmade art fill the stalls of the Christmas markets. Many Americans choose to visit Germany during the holidays, eager to see the legendary markets themselves. In Germany alone, Christmas markets see more than 270 million visitors each year! (Source: Statista)

Nearly every major city in Germany has at least one Christmas market; Berlin alone has about 80. Some of the most popular ones include those in Nuremberg, Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Augsburg and Erfurt. Dresden’s so-called Striezelmarkt is considered the oldest Christmas market in Germany, with records tracing its origins to the year 1434 (it also claims to have the world’s largest Nutcracker)!

For centuries, German Christmas markets have been a huge success, prompting other countries (such as France and England) to adopt the tradition. Even the United States has many German-style Christmas markets of its own,- like ours at the German-Texan Heritage Society.

 

Nicole Glass, Editor, The Week in Germany