Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, in December a visit to the Christkindlmarket
downtown Chicago is obligatory – mainly because I can find favorite German delicacies there that I remember from my childhood – roasted almonds, for instance! And every year, the appearance of the giant menorah celebrating Chanukah delights me. Only in America will a menorah share prominent space with a Christmas tree.
Last year, I had the most serene visit – the market was nearly empty, probably because it was rather cold and not five yet, i.e. the downtown office workers weren’t stopping by yet. This year I went with my daughter, and it was after five, and crowded!
Sipping my customary Glühwein – an item to cross off my winter list
Did I say crowded?
English language buffs will appreciate this sign in the Sweet Castle. My daughter noticed it. I was too busy examining the Lebkuchen tins.