A Hannover Christmas Holiday

Hannover Christmas Market

The thought of a holiday makes many people want to kick off their shoes and take a rest. That however is something that doesn’t come naturally to me. For me the approach of the holidays is greeted with a lot of planning. Those of you who know me well, will know that I factor in so many things into my plans. The weather, the season, the people, the language… The list goes on and on.

I have now set my sights on December. Christmas is the vacation where everyone is busy buying gifts and cooking good food. Me on the other hand… I’m searching for the perfect place to travel too. This is sort of like my Christmas gift to myself. There is a ton of amazing Christmas destinations to get you in the mood for the festivities.

My attention this year is drawn to Hannover. The Hannover markets in Germany are famous all over the world. This is because this is one of the world’s most popular Christmas markets. While traveling during the Christmas season can be a bit stressful, I find that going to a festive place really helps put me in the mood. I’ve been to Germany a couple of times but I have never had a chance to visit this Christmas market.Hannover Christmas

All that said and done, I found myself making the arrangements rather quickly. Booking flights to Germany was the easy part. Luckily I do not need a visa and the only thing I need to calculate in is that I do not stay to long in Europe because of this silly Schengen 90 day rule. My girlfriend and I both spend most of our summers in Europe, and it is always a nervous process of calculating our 90 days out, as they seem to fly by so fast. Luckily most of our time is spent in Europe spring and summer, so the 90 day rule restarts around late November early December, as the 90 days are counted out of a 6 month period. So we decided to put off our Asian winter by a few weeks, and enjoy the Hannover Christmas Markets. Although I really do love Thailand, Christmas at 28c is just not the same as it is in the north. We just wanted a peaceful vacation with no strings attached, and maybe a touch of snow!

The Hannover Christmas market will be a pleasant assault on our senses. Hopefully it will snow this year. We have spent a bunch of time checking out the pictures, and dreaming of that Christmas feel that I miss so much from being a kid. All the pictures you see on the net reminds me of Christmas. Quite a few years ago I spent a few winters in Europe, and visited some of the Christmas markets from other cities. The memories of roasted chestnuts wafted up to me as I walked the streets. The smell of real Christmas trees filled the air and intermingled with the aromas of gingerbread biscuits and grilled sausages.

Hannover Christmas HolidayOne of the biggest attractions that I remember was the different kinds of Christmas decorations that were being sold in every corner of the market. This time I will buy one as a memory of Christmas, although it may be a few years before we have a tree to hang it on. Just a little memory to remind us of how a real Christmas feels.

So if you get a chance to break away from the busy grind this season. Come on over to the Hannover markets. Grab a mug of hot wine and enjoy the season.

 

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