Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday and ChristKindlesmarkt

Altho on the Eastern Shore we rarely hear about ChristkindlesMarkt, or Christ Child Market, other areas with a strong German population are aware of these Christmas flea markets and of course the mother of all ChristKindlesmarkt in Nuremberg Germany will open today.

Every year, Germany's most famous Christmas Market opens its stalls for visitors from all over the world, right in the middle of the city, on Nuremberg Main Market Square. At 5.30 p.m. on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday, the Christmas Angel opens her market, reciting the solemn prologue from the gallery of the church of Our Lady. And as every year, by Christmas Eve, more than two million visitors from all over the world will have sampled the delights of the Christmas Market.

About 180 wooden stalls, festooned with red-and-white cloth, have given the Christmas Market its name of "Little Town from Wood and Cloth". 200 stall holders present their traditional wares: Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods and sweets, typical Christmas articles such as Christmas tree angels, cribs, Christmas tree ornaments and candles, toys as well as arts and crafts products. Favourite souvenirs include "Nuremberg Plum People", little figures made from prunes. And of course, by way of refreshments, there are always rolls with Nuremberg roast sausages and mugs of mulled wine.

Elsewhere these markets will spring up in the U.S. and Canada. Chicago is a big one and closer by in Pennsylvania, with Mifflinburg and Bethlehem being larger ones. It is almost like they are franchised.

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