Finally Xmas is here. I am was never particular about Xmas, for me the big Holiday is New year’s which was a highlight of life in Japan, but here in Germany it’s all about the Xmas season.
Little traditions like the Adventskalender, or the socks of sweets for everyday of December until the 24th build up the excitement and happiness of the end of year.
The Weihnachtsmarkt with the Glühwein, fire salmons, clever handy crafts & locally brewed spirits & Xmas beer make for December a specially wonderful time to be and live in Germany.
Family is important here and most people are allowed to have 2 1/2 days off (even retail) to share with family, this is in stark contrast with the frenzy of consumerism of the United States or Panama; at first I did not like not having what I wanted when I wanted it, but now I plan my shopping better and appreciate that everyone is allowed in any industry at least Sunday’s off and most people get a 2 day weekend and the 2 days of Christmas Dec 25 & 26th except for urgent healthcare & the hospitality industry but that is only due to the nature of those services.
Here you can see a photo diary of a few Xmas markets I got to visit this year 2016