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.


  1. Jessica,

    Thank you for linking up with us! We always look forward to reading participants' posts and leaving some love in return.

    I was an Army brat and had the pleasure of living in Germany for 3 years. BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE! Where are you stationed? How old are your kids? I lived in Babenhausen, which is now a closed post :(. I had the beautiful experience of living on the kasserne though, so I am eager to go back and visit. My life's goal is to get my butt back in Europe, this time with my hubby and kids.

    The Kristkindle Marts are amazing. Christmas in Germany is nothing short of magical.

    Thanks again for linking up! Hope to see you again next week :)

  2. I took a Christmas break to Berlin a few years ago and ADORED the markets - so much mulled wine happiness! The snow and light just made everything look like a fairy tale - I am extremely jealous that you will be enjoying all this soon!

  3. Oh my goodness, Christmas markets! That just sounds amazing, I would love to experience that. And mmm mulled wine, I can feel the warmth already. :)

    And Jessica, thanks so much for joining our link up! You made my day. xo

  4. Thanks for the blog love Jessica, stopping by to show some back! How cool, living in Germany, where my family is from! Christmas markets sound amazing. It's fascinating how we celebrate the holidays all over the world. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  5. I agree with all of this! I miss Germany. I really hope we get to go back and visit again someday.

  6. I don't even celebrate christmas and yet, I loved the markets!

  7. Seriously! The one in Chicago is pretty fun (I think modeled after a German Christmas market). We were in eastern Europe for the holidays a few years ago and went to Christmas markets in Vienna & Budapest - so cool! Basically all you need to do for entertainment and we got ALL our Christmas shopping done. :)


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