Christmas in Europe

Christmas in Europe is pretty magical. I guess when you combine a ton of beautiful lights with a cold Swiss winter; the result is a wonderful Christmas feeling that I have never experienced. On top of the pretty lights, there is glühwein to be drunk (a warm mulled wine), a nightly singing Christmas tree, chestnuts roasting on an open fire (who knew that actually happened?), Saint Nicholas roaming the streets passing out fruits and candies, and Christmas markets that sell anything from ornaments to artisanal soap.

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The in-laws had heard about this magical Christmas and jumped on the chance to come see it with their own eyes. I had big plans to go visit one of the ‘top ten Christmas markets of Europe’ in Strasbourg, France, so when we found out they were coming, we invited them to join us. Well, my father-in-law is in love with Germany and somehow our weekend to Strasbourg turned into a weekend in Freiburg, Germany with a day trip to Strasbourg. He is a sneaky one, but our weekend turned out great, regardless of the change in plans. We now have experienced French, German, and Swiss Christmases. I can’t wait to see what countries next year brings.

I’m just going to let the pictures do the rest of the talking.  



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 The Limmat River

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Strasbourg, France

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Freiburg, Germany

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Oberkirch; best meal of the trip. 

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Chocolate, tea, and a pedicure. Talk about luxury.  

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Potato Pancakes! 

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The Travelers

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Did I convince you to come visit us next year? 

4 Responses

  1. I’m convinced that I’ll be there next year! Just had gluhwein last week and it was delicious. I picked up a little bag of it, I’ll stick it in my bag for X-mas dinner, maybe we can make a batch…
    The pics look magical. Everyone says that Germany is the place to be for New Years, firecrackers galore!

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