The Magic of the Christmas Market Season

December 2019

The Christmas Markets in Europe capture the magic of Christmas like nothing else. There is pure sweetness and joy that is felt getting together with your family and friends, drinking Glühwein, listening to music and strolling the booths of homemade ornaments and goodies in the fairy tale like settings. It slows the season down and is a great reminder of what is truly important during the special time. There are a lot of things that Europeans do well and the Christmas Markets are something that they do with perfection. As an American, Christmas for me had become simultaneous with craziness. A mad rush of gift buying, more gift buying, stressing over gift buying and then feeling guilty over not enough gift buying. Needless to say, I had lost the magic of the season in my heart. Wandering the Christmas Markets here I feel like a child feeling the joy of Christmas for the first time. This past Christmas was even more special because I was able to share the markets with my Mom and Sister who were visiting from the States. Below is a list of the different markets that we visited: Erlangen, Nuremberg, Vienna, Regensburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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Fasching Ski week in Austria

February, 2020:

One thing we love about living in Europe is the accessibility to skiing. Not just skiing, but great skiing. I have to admit that the great skiing part really doesn’t matter a whole lot to me because I am more of a “I ski for après-ski kinda gal”. I do love being in the mountains, the beauty and fresh air. I am not yet a great skier but am determined to work on it because I know that my boys and Scott love it. We try to hit the slopes as much as possible and with the generous holiday breaks here we get plenty of opportunity.

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