On the Road Again: The Stuttgart Kristkindlmarkt (Christmas Market)

29 Nov

Christmas ornament from the Stuttgart Kristkindlmarkt

http://www.stripes.com/travel/german-towns-host-christmas-markets-brimming-with-medieval-merriment-1.198007

This article shows why I love German Kristkindlmarkts (Christmas markets, or literally Christ Child Markets).  The above ornament is my newest addition from Germany, brought back by a co-worker who was just over in Stuttgart on his yearly military duty.

We lived in Stuttgart from 1988 to 1991 (well, Noel joined me when we married in mid-1989).

I think I loved the Stuttgart Christmas market because it became so familiar and ordinary to me.  Just 30 or 40 booths set up in the city square outside the Rathaus (City Hall), selling beautiful ornaments and other handicrafts from late November until the New Year (twelve days of Christmas, you know).

The Vienna Christkindlmarkt was beloved because we only saw it once and it was so exotic.  But Stuttgart was home!

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