Christmas made in Germany

Posted: December 26, 2011 in English, Kaffeeklatsch
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Germany is one of the biggest exporting nations in the World. In fact only China, with its 1.258 billion people more, has managed to produce and export more.  Every day we are surrounded by German goods: Cars from Mercedes, BMW or Audi, Medicine from Bayer, Technology from Siemens or Gummibears from Haribo. But beside of all these many different products and brands ‘made in Germany’ there is one export in particular, that can be found all around the World. Its success, rather than being based on its quality or technological level, is mainly based on its pure cultural and traditional German character. The export I am talking about is the German Christmas Market.

Throughout my years abroad I experienced in many countries a similar phenomena: With the beginning of the pre-Christmas time, which is in some countries around the 20th of December and in others the end of November (and sometimes even its beginning) German Markets sprout up everywhere, just like mushrooms. And with the Markets there also come German Drinks like mulled wine, German food like sausages and potatoes and German handicrafts. Of course everything  is 100 % authentic; even though most of the sellers aren’t Germans and many signs, advertising these glorious goods show more spelling mistakes than my first grade homework. But since everything is so authentic German, what means it is from far far away, sellers on these markets can sell half the size of a regular German portion for double or triple the price.

However, I think it is important to realise, that not the products and not even the Christmas Market itself is important here. It is the idea behind it. These people sell the German dream of Christmas. The German Christmas Market brings a piece of traditional often exotic German Christmas culture to people that never have experienced it that way. And by enjoying a little taster of  a  Christmas Market right in front of their doorsteps they often get hungry for more. Many of my friends for example are travelling to Germany during Christmas time only to see a real German Christmas Market.

I don’t know why exactly the German Christmas Market is so special, but seeing it all over the world makes me a little bit proud. For once it is not the big, exaggerated Hollywood Christmas that people want but it is the cosy German version of Christmas with all its little stalls and good food that is inspiring people and makes them happy. If you ever have the chance to travel during Christmas time: Come to Germany and you will see a complete new Christmas!

(I took the pictures from German Christmas Markets in Potsdam, London and Tokyo)

  1. Franz says:

    laaaaaangweilig… Ich will Fußball!

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