I’m posting a little later today because yesterday I enjoyed another tradition introduced by Germany. I visited the Christmas markets in Manchester (UK).Originally they were just Winter markets lasting a couple of days, thought to have been introduced in the 13th Century as a way to ensure townspeople had enough food to get through the winter months. They later became synonymous with Christmas as stalls selling wooden toys and carvings were set up alongside those selling chestnuts and gingerbread.Today, the markets often start in November and can be seen all across Europe, selling traditional fare for immediate consumption and to take home, such as mulled wine, cheese and Bratwurst. There are also stalls selling less traditional items, such as clothing and decorations.
Even if you don’t purchase anything, it is fun to wander around and take in the atmosphere. There is definitely a lot of Christmas spirit here!
Do you enjoy the markets? What is your favourite thing to see there? Who has put on the best display?