Nuremberg Germany 1989

Communism collapses and the Berlin Wall falls.

There is something about the Christmas season in Germany that is unknown in the rest of the world.

Not being of a Christian persuasion, myself, but having been raised celebrating the season, the sights, sounds and smells of Christkindlmart in Nuremberg is awe inspiring. The air is cold and clear, snow may lightly cover the ground and the ancient marketplace is crowded with small booths. Nuremberg is the home of the the Christkindlmart. Many pretenders appear, around the world, calling themselves by that name, but there is only one. It has been many years since I have walked through Nuremberg, in any season, but at this time of year I can still smell the semmelwurst and taste the gluhwein. I can still see the vendors in their booths selling traditional Christmas items. I am sure that there is an underlying commercialism to some extent; but not as it is here in the U.S., where “Christmas Season” begins somewhere in July. No, in order to fully experience the Christmas spirit, you need to dress warmly, take you gluhwein in hand and feel it in the manner it was intended… Christkindlmart…Nuremberg

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