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One of my favorite things about living in Germany during Christmas is being able to spend every single weekend at a Christmas market.  Originally, these markets were set for folks to come near and far to buy their presents, housewares, and some decorations.  Even today there are booths that you can purchase a broom, socks, or some Christmas tea.  It connects us to the history.

If you are not in the Christmas spirit before a market, you are when you leave.  Bustling crowds.  Fabulous decorations.  Great food!

This past weekend we hit our first market of the season.  We went local…. Stuttgart.  It was the just right decision for us.

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It was chilly and gray.  However, that never stops us. Lots of people enjoying and looking around.  Each booth is decorated from top to bottom.  One of the best parts is admiring what they do to the roofs.

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Most have branches.  This one had a traditional German. Winter scene on top.

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This one of the few booths that I had a clear shot!

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What is a Christmas market without a nutcracker?  See the nut coming up from the belly?

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Another must have at a Christmas market. I love these.  All made out of wood.  Each layer has wooden figurines that tell a story.  Just one of those uniquely German items.

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Need something to trim the tree?  It was all here.

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I just love walking around looking at the different ways creative people decorate.

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Another one of my favorites!   I actually have a small collection of these.  They are beautiful on a winter evening with a tea light going.

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Germans are masterful with wood.  I can never get enough of these!

There you have it, the first market of the season.  We have all of our market weekends planned out.  So stay tuned for our next adventure,  until then come back tomorrow to see the making of our advent wreath!

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