Christmas celebration is in the air and you can feel it the most when you visit the Leipziger Weihnachtsmarkt 2014 (Leipzig Christmas Market). A touris guide of the City of Leipzig told us that the tradition of the Leipziger Weihnachtsmarkt dates all the way back to 1458 – wow; that’s like more than 500 years! The market is a wonderful treat to your eyes (and your belly…), especially with the beautifully-crafted and mesmerizing stalls filled with wine, delicious food, chocolates, candles, and other arts and craft items. One of the highlights of this market is the Glühwein, or “glow-wine”, which is a traditional speciality made of red wine along with various mulling spices and raisins. The wine is served hot, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions are available, but I seriously doubt if someone’s buying the latter, especially in this cold winter 🙂
As the HHL fall term is nearly at its end, the HHL-ites are enjoying their evenings in the Weihnachtsmarkt, sipping hot Glühwein with their friends. Christmas is a family time, and I am thrilled that my wife has come down to Leipzig to be with me during the festive season and the winter break in HHL Leipzig. When we both first visited the market, we were greeted by a sea of people in a happy and festive atmosphere. As we strolled around, we were amazed to see the variety of products available in the market, be it the mouth-watering array of food, luscious chocolates, range of traditional wines or the craft items such as beautiful candles, miniature wooden houses, ceramic items, lights, and so on. There was something for every person, and it was nice to see everyone so happy and engrossed in warm conversations with their friends and family.
Well, amidst all the fun and frolic, I also had a tough time keeping up with my wife. The moment I would let go of her hand, she would breeze into the next shop, and start buying anything and everything that she could lay her hands on 🙂 luckily, prices were reasonable and I didn’t end up with too much of a damage. By the time we left the market, we too were drunk on the festivities, and offcourse, the Glühwein.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone… See you soon!