Leipzig Christmas Market

The 25th may have come and gone already, but I couldn’t resist posting another Christmas-related, photo-laden story. And it doesn’t get more nostalgic and seasonal than a Christmas market!

We have been posting chronologically thus far, and now at last we’re up to our time in Leipzig, Germany. We spent three wonderful weeks there housesitting/crashing at a family friend’s house. She was kind enough to let us stay and watch over the place while she was away on vacation, and we found it to be one of the nicest homes we’ve sat. And she was unbelievably hospitable– leaving a handmade, scrapbooked guide to the town on our arrival, and taking us out to the Christmas market when she returned.

Leipzig Germany Christmas Market

All fall, I’d been bursting with excitement over the arrival of Christmas. Every time I saw a seasonal bouquet being sold on the sidewalk, I had to point it out. If we passed a chintzy gift shop with ornaments in the window, I had to point it out. And any time talk of Christmas markets came up, I pounced! I was all. over. that.

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Finally the beginning of actual Christmas market season arrived. For our American readers… that’s usually the last week of November. We were setting out from Germany to begin on our whirlwind December travel, but we had just a few days left at the end of November to enjoy the Christmas markets there. And I’m so glad, because I think Germans do Christmas markets best!

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I hope you can overlook the rather shabby quality of some of our photos. No one wishes more than I do that we’d mastered the art of photography before embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime trip like this. Still, we lug our camera out on most sightseeing days and practice, practice, practice. These night shots are a bit blurry, but boy am I glad to have the memory keepers.

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As always, the Murphmans are all about that food. We approached every Christmas market like a mini food tour, but this was surely the ultimate. Our friend and her brother outdid themselves to make sure our Year of the European Christmas Market started out with a bang. We ate and drank til we couldn’t fit another bit in!

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And that was it! Such a wonderful night full of all the best bits of the tangible Christmas experience. Twinkling lights, delicious food, hot drinks, good company. We ended up visiting many a Christmas market this season, but we still think back to this one as the very best we saw. Huge expansive market, sprawling across the city center, beautifully decorated, and full of families and young people enjoying their yuletide. Put it on the bucket list if you’re a Christmas lover like me!

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December 30, 2015

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