Ask anyone who knows me, and they will tell you that I am the biggest Christmas fan around. I don’t know what it is, but this time of the year makes me so happy. All the houses decorated with twinkling lights, the Christmas trees are up and of course the snow (if we are lucky). Christmas movies, and not forgetting Christmas music. I start playing my Christmas music in October. It always makes me so happy. It’s very upbeat that you can’t help but smile when you hear it. All year round, I look forward to Christmas than I do my own birthday (sad right). Last year, Ivan and I spent it in New York. So this year, we decided to stay home since we had a rough year.
Each year I make it a tradition to visit Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market. This year I was lucky enough to visit with Ivan. He used to be the biggest Grinch when we met but I think some of my Christmas charm has rubbed off on him. He looks forward to Christmas when December rolls around.
I don’t really spend much at the market except for the odd hot dog and Bailey’s hot chocolate- it’s honestly the best thing about the Christmas market. It’s just nice to walk through the city centre and look at all the different stalls. The market seems to grow each year and it usually closes a few days before Christmas around December the 23rd. It opens from 10 am to 9 pm, every day. Birmingham Christmas Market is the largest outside of Germany and Austria. A lot of people flock to Birmingham from November just to enjoy this. It doesn’t feel like Christmas until the German market arrives.
When I used to work in the city centre, around end of October, I would watch the merchandisers set up their stalls and that’s when I knew, the traffic was going to be worse going home. It was amazing how quickly they got everything set up. Anyway, each time after work, I would stop by the market before heading home. This year, I only went once since I no longer live in Birmingham.
I heard that there other Christmas markets in the UK, but I have not been to any of them, maybe next year?
Hope you all have a great Christmas and a New Year! Stay Safe out there.