For those of you who follow my blog faithfully you may have noticed I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks. Well I have good reason! In anticipation of one of my favorite times of the year, I traveled to Germany in search of Christmas inspiration to share with all of you. Germany is actually the birthplace of the time old tradition of erecting a Christmas tree. In Germany, “tannenbaums” can be seen in nearly every store, Christmas market and home. Germany truly comes alive during the Christmas season! I had the opportunity to travel to the Ostfriesland region in Germany in Northern Germany and I am thrilled to share some of my favorite finds!
Beautifully wood carved carousels are a tradition in Germany. One can often find them in window sills at night lit by battery powered candles. Other versions use traditional candles lit with a flame. The heat from the candles is what powers the rotation of the carousel. Be prepared to spend around 200 euros for these fabulous finds!
In nearly all Germany cities the core is a central village in which a central “market” is set up. This Christmas market is in Aurich, Germany a small farming community about an hour from the city of Bremen which is a shipping port. In German Christmas markets one can fine lots of food booths with tasty treats, vendors selling traditional crafts and rides for the kids!