Christmas Markets in Southern Germany
I have to say that being in Germany for the Christmas season has been a delight to the senses. We did not travel far and wide to get to Christmas markets this year, but we thoroughly enjoyed the ones in Tübingen and the surrounding area.
What I loved about attending the local markets was watching communities gather around these events. Children playing music. Families shopping together. Friends standing around outdoor fires. Everyone drinking Glühwein.
Christmas Markets definitely bring tourism to Germany, and they are worth the trip, but more importantly to me is the sense of local folks doing something they have done for a long, long time: gathering in the streets to welcome the Advent season.
The fact that Christmas Markets are a beautiful gathering for families and friends during a season of peace and joy makes the fact that someone would use that gathering as an opportunity to display hate and evil so abhorrent. In the face of that darkness this week (a man drove a truck into the Berlin Christmas Market as an act of terror), I thought it would be appropriate to share my collection of photos from our visits to Christmas Markets.
Always light in the midst of darkness.
Merry Christmas from Germany friends!