There is no snow on the ground in Minnesota right now, and the chances of our having a white Christmas are not looking good, unfortunately. Yesterday, my family went to the Christmas market in downtown Minneapolis. It’s in its first year, as it’s the replacement for the now defunct Holidazzle parade (think standing on the sidewalk in freezing temperatures watching giant figures made of Christmas lights bob down the street). The market is in Peavey Plaza, a sunken courtyard next to Orchestra Hall.
It wasn’t Europe (for the record, the only European Christmas market I’ve ever been to was in Colmar, in Alsace), but it was still worth the visit. The market was festively lit, and the whole plaza smelled of glühwein. There were booths selling European (mainly German) crafts like lace ornaments and paper stars. And then there was the food! Bratwurst, weisswurst and Christmas sausage, potato pancakes, soft pretzels, apple dumplings, flavored maple syrup, hot apple cider, baked cheese, and more. I had some delicious buttered spaetzle with cheese.
Merry Christmas to any celebrating! I’m off to listen to the live broadcast of Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge and to help prepare enormous quantities of food.