So, I found this link up over at Chronicles of Chaos called Write or Die Wednesday geared for (you guessed it) writers with writing prompt and all.  Umm…okay I guess it sounds fine or whatever.

Write or Die Wednesdays

Yeah, I'm so in.

So, today's prompt is the word: Cozy.

This seems like the perfect time for me to share with you one of the very greatest things about living in Germany.

So, I'm not a zealous lover of winter.  The snow is lovely and sledding can be fun, but given the option, I'd probably pass on freezing temps, heavy boats and having to shovel anything off my driveway.
But there is one part of winter that I look forward to all year living here in Germany.

Christmas Markets

These country-wide, wildly popular events are magical in a way that I almost cannot describe.  It's the only time that I stop caring that I am freezing, bundled from head to toe in knitted yarn and wool everything.  Whether I'm there to shop for handmade ornaments, gifts for the kids or just to laugh with friends, there is no better place to capture that cozy Christmas feeling.
Every city celebrates, each tiny village and city square adorned with unique Christmas trees and decorations.  The local church coordinates music and performances, and for a moment we forget the work and stress of the holiday season to just cuddle up together in small spaces and get subtly drunk on warm wine and hot food with our neighbors.
No Weihnachtmarkt would be complete without the help of a piping hot mug of gl├╝hwein (mulled wine) held tight between my gloves, gently warming my fingers as I clutch it to my chest.  I slowly meander through crowded aisles and booths selling Christmas treasures and local crafts.  The aroma of roasting chestnuts and grilled brats fill the air.  And every time the cold seeps into my bones, I take a big hot sip from my mug and feel the cider warm me from the inside out.

Oh, Christmas markets.  Please catch on in the states.