It’s that time of year again, Christmas Markets…and the wife is excited! Oh yeah, I am too.
Let’s face it. All of us get dragged along to something we could care less about at least once or twice a year. The best way to deal with these situations is to find something interesting, fun, or useful to get out of the experience. Maybe you don’t think a Christmas market is a torture straight out of one of the circles in Dante’s Inferno, but it is shopping. And any form of shopping (besides online at B+H or New Egg) is the last way I would choose to spend my free time. If you think I’m crazy and don’t know what I’m going on about, then maybe, just maybe, you’ve clicked on the wrong post and meant instead to read Corinne’s post…However, if you have a dreaded drag-along in your future to a Christkindlmarkt then here are some tips to make the time more enjoyable.
First of all, give up! Resistance is futile, you’ll just make it worse by fighting. There are plenty of diversions to be found at a Christmas market that can make the time pass with some level of enjoyment. Keep your mind open to the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the market. It’s not all bad. With that in mind, go on a sensory tour of the market. For the best experience, make sure to go on a cold, snowy night. Find the Feuerzangenbowle for your first stop and pick up a hot glass of the spiced wine and rum drink. The taste is amazing and watching the flaming rum dripping off the sugar cone is mesmerizing. I would recommend only one at this point, however, as you’re destined for at least a few rows of brightly lit stalls overflowing with Christmas tree ornaments, kitchen utensils, pottery and ceramics, DIY Creche sets, and knitted gloves.
Second, find the food! Yes, here is where the trip to the market pays off. Sauteed mushrooms in cream sauce, baked potatoes, fire roasted sausages, and a wide array of savory fare await you. All delicious. Next, find the sugar roasted nuts…don’t worry they are there, just follow your nose. These delicious morsels are just the thing to balance out the gluhwein you picked up after the wurst. It can be tricky sipping hot spiced wine from the cup in your left hand while munching on the mandeln (almonds) gripped tightly in the paper cone in your right hand. But trust me, it can be done. This has the added bonus of occupying your hands and arms so they can’t be loaded down with someones “gift” purchase (yes, you did come here with someone planning on purchasing more then consumables).
Third, keep your eyes open. You just might be dragged past that special something for that special someone.
And here’s another question. How can you go on vacation and elude most of the Christmas hype? Read this.
What are some of the ways you pass your time while the wife shops?