As I write about the Christmas markets I visited on 2nd Advent weekend, it is now 4th Advent Sunday. We shall celebrate it later this afternoon with a good bottle of wine and some Christmas baking. Last Sunday we celebrated 3rd Advent. Whitey, the small black and white cat who found her way into our house last December--shortly before Christmas 2012--was mesmerized by the candles.
The first market I visited was on Saturday morning, 2nd Advent weekend, at Fischer's in Schweighausen. The market began on Friday and ended on Saturday evening. It is traditional, gemütlich, friendly and everything is made by those who are selling there from the countryside nearby. I bought homemade cookies and spruce boughs, which we buy there each year. At one time we got our own boughs; now we leave that for others to find and to cut for us.
Three views of the store above and right.
Natural soaps on the left; Schnaps on the right.
Cookies and baked loaves on the left; wooden houses on the right.
On the right, the Schinken (bacon) has been added. On the left, the finished product and ready to eat.
On this Saturday morning, the roads were clear, although it was cold. Fischer's is quite high, so often you will find snow there in December. It is almost at the top of the Geisberg (a fairly high mountain), about 15 to 20 minutes east of us. This particular day, there was a scattering of snow along the road and in the hills. The wind felt cold. It was milder where we live, with no snow, and with only a short distance between the two areas.
The thermometer below shows it was the 7th of December and just below freezing at -1C. I walked along the snowy pathway shown on the right. It runs along the main road in front of the store.