My mom told me a few weeks ago that she already saw Christmas items out in the stores back home. Sigh.
One of the things that I truly love about Germany is how uncommercialized Christmas is here. Sure, they know how to do Christmas, and there’s a Christmas market with a Glühwein stand around every corner to prove it. But you don’t have to worry about walking into a store and being innundated with holiday music starting in October. The television ads having to do with Christmas are quieter, gentler, and more, well, utilitarian. Did you *know* that you can get this Christmas gift that your kids will want at Media Markt? Well, you’ve just been informed, so take note! Now, back to your regularly scheduled program (which is most likely an American show dubbed into German…but that’s another story…)
I was thinking of this less-abrasive Christmas spirit yesterday when I stopped at the grocery store. The chill is creeping into the air here, but no signs of Christmas…or so I thought. I noticed some cookies for sale towards the front of the store. The last time I remembered seeing them out was last winter. Spekulatius…chocolate-covered pretzel-shaped cookies…
Then came the sure sign that Christmas does run through the German mind ahead of schedule:
Rows and rows of Glühwein, Met (mead), and other holiday spirits, hidden between the yogurt and the meat. Three months early, but I don’t blame them. Weihnachtsmarkts are some of my favorite things ever, and there is nothing not to love about Glühwein.
Merry early Christmas!