Thursday, December 18, 2008

Stuttgart Germany: Weihnachtsmarkt

While I was living in Germany I had the opportunity to visit several Christmas Market and one of my favorite was in Stuttgart, Germany. A Christmas market, also known as Christkindlmarkt, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, and Weihnachtsmarkt, is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during advent, mainly the four weeks preceding Christmas Day. These markets originated in Germany and Austria but are now being held in many other countries.

To read more about the history of Christmas Market you can visit this site.
I came upon a very unique Christmas Market Booth that sold very creative Bees Wax Molds and I could not resist buying a few. This lady was very kind to allow me to take a photo of her and her booth. The photo below is a sample of two of the molds I bought. Making beeswax ornaments follows a tradition that is centuries old and began in Germany with the Lebkuchen bakers. You can make beeswax ornaments for any occasion, season or holiday and also display them as beautiful sun catchers and wall decorations. I use mine all year around as sun catchers in my home.

Throughout The Christmas Market in Stuttgart there are endless booths of century old crafts that are truly beautiful. Beside the awesome pieces of art to admire most of the booths had beautiful old world Christmas displays presented on their roofs. I took many photos of them.

Every Christmas Market I visited throughout Germany and France was unique so I never tired traveling to them. The Stuttgart Christmas Market was approximately 2 1/2 hours drive from where I lived. Of course traveling to the Christmas Markets were always a challenge because it seem most of the time we would get lost along the way but we always found our destination eventually.
The weather on the day we visited the Stuttgart Christmas Market was chilly with a misty rain coming down. You can see that most visitors were using their umbrella. My Friend Jamie ( Fellow Nurse) and I traveled to many places and we always received kindness by the German people not matter where we went. I loved living in Germany and will always have very fond warm memories in my heart of this special time in my life.
I hope you all enjoyed this wee visit to the Stuttgart Christmas Market. Hugs Judy


Rosie said...

Hi Judy, I used to live in Germany, and no one does Christmas like they do! Just amazing markets, gluhwin on every corner to keep you warm and bratwurst and senf if you were hungry. I miss Germany very much..

Jacq said...

Thank you for sharing the Stuttgart Christmas Market. I love the pictures. Germany is my most favorite place in the world.

Heather said...

Isn't it wonderful to have such special memories - couldn't help noticing the thistles in the mold - beautiful - of course I have a little bit of a soft spot for them - I wonder why? VBG


TattingChic said...

Germany is such a lovely place to celebrate Christmastime as I understand it! :)
Those beeswax molds look like amazing little works of art in and of themselves! I'd love to see your suncatchers you'd made with them sometime!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Rosie, Yup, I remember the Gluhwin. I bought one and it took me a very long time to drink it. vbg I have the ceramic cup that it came in and it says Winterbaum on it in a lovely blue with a young lady skating on it. I can understand why you miss Germany.

Hello Jacq. Yes, I think that Germany is the most wonderful place in the world too.

Hello Heather from the Far North. Yes, I have a wee weak spot in my heart for the Thistle too. Neat that you notice it. vbg

Tatting Chic, I instantly fell in love with the Bees Wax molds. They have wee string on them and can be hung on a tree or in a window. The back of them are sealed sooo they do not melt in the sun.

Thanks you all for visiting and Merry Christmas to you all. Hugs Judy

crooked heart art~tabby said...

hi judy
i so love when you share your journeys :)
what a beautiful place stuttgart is and i love your bee's wax molds-esp the thistle one-yes i saw it too :)
snow on the way judy-8" of it !yippeee!!!!!!

Jolly Good Yarn Girl said...

Hi there
Thanks for your lovely comment on my Blog but mostly a big big thank you for your REAL Xmas card by snail mail. It was so nice to get a card from so far away. Have a wonderful Xmas

Maggie R said...

Hi Judy..
I loved all your pictures of the Christmas Markets in Germany..
We visited a few years ago in the Spring. It was my favorite country..
BTW Sorry you had trouble getting to my blog... I changed the music thing so perhaps you have a chance now. Do stop by if you can.. Meanwhile I hope you have a great holiday. Did you get the blizzard we got here in Ontario?? More on the way. How Santa can find his way!!I've been a good girl!!VBG

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Tammy, I hope the snow made it way to you in the Far East. It is still snowing here. The Thistle mold is truly lovely. I like it alot too.

JGYG, You are welcome for the Kindred Spirit Christmas Card. Thanks for stopping by.

Hello Maggie, Hello Maggie yes the blizzard has hit us and it is still snowing and snowing. very sad face How wonderful that you got to travel to Germany too. It is a land of many wonders. Hugs Judy

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