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Manic Monday: Christmas Markets!

Updated: Jan 25, 2023

Hello My Happy People,

It is no secret that I am not big on typical Christmas traditions normally. When I was living back in Kansas, I would wait until Christmas Eve to put up a tree, I had Chinese food for Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve and would spend the night watching horror movies. What can I say? I'm an odd duck.

But then I met and married my husband who happens to LOVE everything about Christmas. I now live in a house where the Christmas tree and all the decorations go up with the first day of advent and do not come down until the epiphany in January. P.R. wants to watch traditional Christmas movies and do all the things that go along with the holiday ... yay ...

I did manage to negotiate keeping my traditional Chinese food on Christmas Eve and we watch Die Hard as the first Christmas movie of the night. Then on Christmas day it's a turkey or goose for P.R. and a veggie roast for me and LOTS of homemade eggnog ... heavy on the bourbon.

I will say one tradition I can totally get behind is the Christmas markets here in Germany. I love getting roasted chestnuts and a cup of hot Glühwein (mulled wine). Something about that just seems so out of a Dickens novel to me. Walking around the old part of town you can smell the candied nuts being made and see all the handcrafted gifts for sale. It is almost enough to make me forget I don't like normal holiday traditions.

Whatever it is you enjoy this time of year, I hope this year will be your best holiday season ever no matter if you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Yule or any of the other holidays that happen this time of year. Even if you don't celebrate anything at all, I hope this is the best December of your life!

Happy Holidays, People!


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