Just Try to Say Humbug

by jennine on December 10, 2008

Welllll… some of you may be able to… but today at the Frankfurt Christmas Market, it took me all but three minutes to turn into a wide-eyed little kid.

The Market

Filled with lights and little cottage like stands with gingerbread, Christmas ornaments, sausages, candies, you name it, it’s like walking through Santa’s Village minus the elves.
frankfurt christmas marketgerman christmas ornaments

Local Specialties

They have this special wine they drink called glüwein pronounced like “glue-wine” which means “glow wine.” It’s hot. That’s all I know, because I don’t drink, so I ordered this hot orange juice, I guess kids get to drink until they are old enough to switch to the hard stuff.
glüwienhot orange juice

The Food

Almost every stand seemed to be selling food or ornaments… and oddly enough, there wasn’t a single candy cane to be seen… I guess that’s an Anglo/American thing. But one thing we do have in common is gingerbread… yum. Only Rocky kept telling me that I didn’t want to eat the giant gingerbread cookies because they don’t taste good, and they are really more like baked greeting cards. Which is a shame because gingerbread is one of my favorite forms of cookie. We did however have something called ‘kartoffelpuffer‘ which, if you’ve had latkes they are pretty much the same thing, fried potato and onion cakes eaten with apple sauce.

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Ashe Mischief December 10, 2008 at 12:07 pm

It’s so colorful and bright, it’s like I can smell the confections in the air and hear the little toys playing twinkling sounds.

I’d so move to Germany and live through snow for THAT.

belle fantaisie December 10, 2008 at 12:09 pm

oh it looks fantastic!

Dani December 10, 2008 at 12:29 pm

It’s so interesting for me to read that, becuase it’s just nothing special for me, I’m so used to all that. And I didn’t even think about that other country possibly don’t have something similar to that. I actually love christmas markets, but unfortunately most of the time they’re completely overcrowoded.

Anyway, I hope you had a fun day!

Jordana December 10, 2008 at 12:45 pm

I’m so jealous…the only thing Christmas-y in Seattle is the lighted tree on top of the Space Needle!

K-Line December 10, 2008 at 12:50 pm

I LOVE these photos!! I wanna go there so much now. How long does it last?

Rhiannon December 10, 2008 at 12:59 pm

That looks amazing!!!! My family’s German so I always grew up with lots of things from my dad’s trips to Germany around . . . this makes me want to buy a bunch of German ornaments and decorations! (plus it makes me want to finally visit Germany even more. now I think I have to go at Christmas time)

Hayley December 10, 2008 at 1:07 pm

We have the Christmas market come to Chester (UK) every year, its just one of the things that remind me its Christmas time soon (along with the Coca Cola advert!)
I love the teeny doughnuts and the waffle man, mmmm!

jennine December 10, 2008 at 1:13 pm

❤ ashe, oh please do! it would be fun!
❤ belle, it is!
❤ dani…oh yeah, that’s why we went during the week during the day…otherwise it would have been waaay too crowded. but i would think if you had christmas somewhere else, you would miss this.
❤ jordana… hahaha… the space needle! you gotta love the holidays on the west coast.
❤ kline… ah you should! who knew? i’ve always been sidewiped by christmas in new york… this is amazing.
❤ rhiannon ooh yes, the german ornaments are really diffenent wooden and handmade and all, you’re lucky to have a german family which means dual passport for you! sweet

Fenke December 10, 2008 at 1:15 pm

hot orange juice? *shudder* i prefer the mullet wine ;-)

jennine December 10, 2008 at 1:40 pm

it wasn’t bad… it was spiced all christmasy. but yeah, i’ve had better drinks…

Retro Chick December 10, 2008 at 2:03 pm


If that doesn’t make you feel festive there’s no hope for you!

I love glüwein. I think we have a Christmas Markey come to Norwich, we certainly did last year. It’s not quite as exciting as Frankfurt though!

summershoegal December 10, 2008 at 2:38 pm

OMG your first xmas market!!
I am so glad you enjoyed it!

Next time you go you should look if they have Glühwein without “Schuß” it tastes practically the same but without the alcohol! its what the kids drink at the xmas markets in my place (Regensburg near to Munich) and its not a real xmas market without for me :)


sandra December 10, 2008 at 3:10 pm

You look like you’re having a wicked good time. The pictures got me really excited, because I’ve always really wanted to got to Germany, especially experience a German Christmas; these pictures almost made me feel as if I were there for a moment. P.S. You have incredible style. Thank you for running The Coveted for so long. You always have a knack for introducing interesting topics/ designers. I also really like some of the beauty features by other writers. I have been cleaning my face with olive oil for a few weeks and it’s working pretty well.

I heart Milk December 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Ohh that looks so nice and x-mas-y.. Soo cozy..

ambika December 10, 2008 at 4:44 pm

This brings back memories of the Czech Christmas markets. Very preferrable to the transformation of American malls.

Samantha December 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm

oh i totally miss the outdoor euro christmas markets they are awesome! in portland theres some cool ones like a biker’s xmas bazaar and lots of crafty ones i hope to check out!

yulanda December 10, 2008 at 5:33 pm

All these blogs are posting about German Christmas markets. I really wish I was over there right now! The kartoffelpuffer looks delicious!

Annie Spandex December 10, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Oh yum, I love latkes. :)

Meg December 10, 2008 at 9:29 pm

It’s like something out of a dream! This is exactly the kind of place I’d write about in a fantasy story. But it exists! Oh, so so jealous.

Mer December 11, 2008 at 2:10 am

mmm gluhwein!! Now I’m with the swedish crow, so I’m having more glögg… :-) plus you find it in ikea! :-)

the first picture is great…!

jennine December 11, 2008 at 2:43 am

❤ retrochick… what do you mean? with all those mince pies and satsuma oranges… fruitcakes…
❤ summershoegal… oh thanks for the tip! i’m going to try that!
❤ sandra… thank you so much… well you should come for a holiday some time, it’s a great country, but i do think christmas is the most fun time here.
❤ iheartmilk… oh my cozy? it was freezing! it was cozy, but in a freezing way.
❤ samantha…oh i bet there are some cool markets in portalnd, it’s such a creative city!
❤ annie…latkes are so good
❤ meg… hehe i think the same thing, like a hansel and gretel.. oh wait, they are german.
❤ mer, ooooh that sounds so cool too! although, i may be too much of a wimp to try to bear a swedish xmas market, unless it’s at ikea (which also has amazing chocolate btw)

meaghan December 11, 2008 at 6:21 am

this place looks like an absolute dream! i would have lost my mind!

szaza December 11, 2008 at 9:35 am

Ooh!!! I love the German Christmas markets! Especially the kartoffels. You look so cute :)

Eyeliah December 11, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Oh my gosh!! Looks like Christmas in Heaven!

lyn December 12, 2008 at 1:49 pm

ooohhh…such memories! i was there during the christmas market in 2004 visiting friends. i still have my glüwein mug right here on my desk!!

songy December 14, 2008 at 12:32 am

European markets can do that for you. I had that experience in Amsterdam and man that was awesome.

judy December 14, 2008 at 3:22 am

jennine, you have to order a “kinderpunsch” instead of “glühwein” - it´s similar but without alcohol…
it´s always me drinking it and i love it, very much sugar but tasty *jummy*

and, oh yes, christmas market in Frankfurt is fantastic. i´ve been to many german ones but this is the most beautiful…

Karly December 16, 2008 at 3:37 am

I wish I could go to the one in Frankfurt, but the ones here are cute and festive too (Southern Germany). I really liked how you displayed the Christmas markts on your blog, it looks like it does in real life.

I love glühwein! mmm.

cath December 16, 2008 at 5:33 am

Wonderful photos! I was in Bonn for Christmas many years ago and I’ll never forget the Market. I seem to remember french fries with mayonnaise and some apple strudel!

jennine December 16, 2008 at 9:26 am

❤judy, oh i tried the kinderpunch, much better than hot orange juice! thanks for the tip!
❤lyn, aww those gluhwien mugs are cute arent they?
❤karly, what a nice thing to say… thank you… i love it at the market!
❤cath, mmm appel strudel

hoyan December 18, 2008 at 8:56 am

fun! i just went to the weihnachtsmarkt in dusseldorf yesterday :)

your report is much more concise than mine! i loved the kartoffelpuffer too!

Nicola December 18, 2008 at 12:24 pm

They’ve got one just like this in Cambridge, UK right now. It is cute but I didn’t buy anything…

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