Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Around The World: Germany

The next stop in our Christmas Around the World series is Germany. YJI reporter Katie Grosser last year offered readers a peek at a German holiday market, filled with delicious foods and drinks. Don't read this on an empty stomach!

Photo by Katie Grosser
 Hot drinks and cool crafts
Visiting German Christmas markets
Story and photos by Katie Grosser
MESCHEDE, Calle, Germany – There are some traditions you can’t get around. If you happen to spend part of Advent in Germany, going to a “Weihnachtsmarkt” is simply a must.
Christmas markets date back to the Middle Ages, but are still vastly popular in many parts of Europe today.
It’s the mix of things that pulls in the crowds – food stands sell local specialties such as “Gebrannte Mandeln” (candied, toasted almonds), “Lebkuchen” and “Magenbrot” (both forms of soft gingerbread), “Christstollen” (a sort of egg bread with candied fruit), bratwurst, crepes, “Schupfnudeln,” fried mushrooms, fish, waffles and various types of candy.
To read more mouth-watering prose and see more photos of the German markets, click here, and be sure to come back again to YJI's blog for more!

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