Time to get festive and jazz the house up in holiday spirit!! Light have been a part of the holiday season since as far back as we can remember. The custom actually originated in the 18th century when upper-class Germans began decorating Christmas trees. The trend became popular around the world in the early 1900s. Thank you Germans for adding decor to the holiday season.
Typical me, always baking something to put a smile on everyone’s face and fill them with satisfaction. I wanted to bring a little bit of America to Germany for the holidays and so I decided why not back my favorite (well, one of my favorites) cookies. Peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses, sooo America! It was a bit hectic trying to translate the ingredients and convert the measurements, but the cookies we gone in no time, making it totally worth it!
A little taste of Amerika!!!! While visiting my favorite coffee shop/bakery, vogelfrei, my friend Ruby walks in. Just arriving to Mannheim the day prior and fighting jet lag due to her travels from Boston! Ruby and myself studied abroad together at Mannheim universität in the spring. Funny how we both managed to find our way back to Germany for the holidays! Always a pleasure to see friends from studying abroad.
Weihnachtsmarkt, also known as Christmas market, first started in Germany and Austria in the late Middle Ages. The Christmas markets have now become a popular thing in other countries around the world. Every city has its very own Weihnachtsmarkt for four weeks around Christmas. In all honesty it reminded me of the fair- lots of foods, candy apples, handmade ornaments, soaps and little rides for the kids. Glühwein is a tradition beverage around the holidays. It translates to ‘glow wine’ that is actually heated red wine with cinnamon, cloves, citrus, sugar and at times vanilla pods. Sometimes drunk mit schuss (with a shot), which means that run or some other type of liquor is added.
After two cups of glühwein and a traditional German bratwurst, you don’t even realize how cold that it is outside and you spend your money buying handmade gifts to put under your Christmas tree. BRILLIANT!!
Sunday funday was quite exciting. After lunch with the Blösch family, Matze and myself took a drive to Worms to see Jan and Philip! Jan took us to the weinnachts market for my first glass of glühwein. Worms, pronounced vorms, is the oldest city in Germany and has been in existence since before the roman times. Loads of history!
Finally arrived in Deutschland! Was surprised with balloons and lots of hugs! There happened to still be snow on the ground whenever I arrived, due to the on and off snow showers the week before my arrival. Now there is no more snow, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for a white Christmas. The temperatures here are very cold and very much like winter weather.