Our time in Munich has been very different from our usual way of traveling. In fact, because we’ve been pet sitting, having a house to ourselves and a little cuddly friend to look after has made it very special indeed but also gave us the chance to enjoy the city in a different way.
We didn’t do a lot of sightseeing and touristic activities, we simply walked here and there, got lost, cooked a lot of food, tried a lot of new vegetarian recipes, went to a concert of one of our favorite bands and more than anything else I managed to get into the Christmas spirit.
I’ve never been a very Christmassy person, I don’t care that much about decorating the house, I almost dislike buying presents only because I had to (I’m not stingy, but I simply like to give gifts when they are unexpected, that’s all), most of the time I get irritated by the Christmas adverts and all the commercialism around it.
When I was a little girl I was smart enough to soon found out the truth about Father Christmas which I guess ruined forever my expectations about the whole celebration. I’m not entirely sure if this is the only reason why I don’t particularly like Christmas but, living away from my family since I was 18, it only meant family getting together for me, I’ve never got into all the commercial side of it.
Last year it was our first ‘traveling Christmas’ and we spent it in Taiwan. It was in a way quite different to what I’m generally used to which made it even less important for me and a day like another.
This year though I feel different about it and I think I have to thank Munich for it. I will still be away from my family which is a shame but walking around the city when the stands for the Christmas Market were getting ready and watching the decorations being put up made me feel different about it all.
Being in a cold country, when you really need to wrap up warm before crossing the door of your house, brought back some memories that went a bit lost last year. One morning we got up and found a nice, soft and white surprise too and I hadn’t seen snow for a long time, then the Munich Christmas Market started and that definitely contributed to awake the Christmas spirit that had lost, more than every.
If you ever been to a German Christmas Market you know what I’m talking about. Walking in the streets of Munich’s city center surrounded by many little lights lit up, being overwhelmed by the smell of spices that flavour the different kind of Glühwein (mulled wine), the sound of the chestnuts roasting on the hot coal, the aroma of the delicious typical Lebkuchen (Christmas gingerbread biscuits) and the view of the very naughty sugar roasted nuts really woke up my lost Christmas spirit.
It’s not all about food of course – though it does play a major part for me personally. The handmade art crafts, the colorful and creative decorations, the candles and the whole setting alone simply got to me.
I might sound a bit controversial here, but I’m not. I will always be that kind of person that doesn’t go crazy about Christmas shopping – that’s for sure – but being in Munich this time of the year when the Christmas Market is on put me in the right Christmas mood. Let’s now hope that it lasts until Christmas at least 🙂