Every year, my hometown Ludwigsburg holds a Christmas market that spans a full four weeks. In recent years, it has opened on the Tuesday before the first Advent Sunday. This year, this meant the 22nd of November - a rather early start, but eagerly awaited nonetheless.
I've already told you that my Mum and I went to the opening, and my previous post shows a picture of me having the first of many Holzofen-Dinnede - my preferred Christmas market food.
Last year, I showed you pictures of the opening ceremony here. It was almost exactly the same this year, and therefore, I took no new pictures.
The market itself looks pretty much the same every year, too, but we want it that way, because we really like the lights and angels and stars. I took a few pictures with my mobile phone this year:
Wednesday night this week, I met up with my Mum and sister after work for another stroll across the market. Much to my delight, my Dad was there, too - it is rare these days that the four of us do something like that together, mainly due to my Dad's health.
Thursday night after work I spent baking (I'll show you what I made in another post) and speaking to O.K. on the phone, and last night (Friday), I hosted the annual Schrottwichteln - a tradition with my girlfriends, firmly established since 2007 or 2008. What Schrottwichteln is and how it works is explained in this post.
This time, there were six of us; our friend who left Baden-Wuerttemberg some years ago to move up North to be with her love couldn't make it. But we had a new guest: One of the two ladies I know from Librarian School (our friendship dates back to 1986) and who I went to Bad Wimpfen with a couple of times.
For the first time, I hosted the event in my "new" living room. Here is how the room looked - compare with the old post, if you like:
Again, we had tons of fun; this year's presents were a selection of the good, the bad and the ugly - what I got was this:
Four Glühwein mugs (mulled wine is a "must" at every German Christmas market, and at most markets, you can either keep the mug or return it to the booth and get a small amount of money back)! They will probably be put to good use this weekend :-)