Christmas – is like a fairy tale. I don’t know why Orthodox Christmas is not celebrated with the same atmosphere. Perhaps, it is all because of the efforts that the communist regime makes for this. However, Christmas is associated for our inhabitants with a visiting of the Church on the correct date. That is all. There are some differences between Catholics and Christians. When we speak about Christmas, we subconsciously think about the Western holiday. It celebrates on December, 25. There are immediately associations with a Christmas tree, a smell of tangerines, cinnamon and almond biscuits…
That is why it is always wonderful to go to Europe on Christmas with its indescribable Christmas fairs. In December 2015, I was lucky to visit the capital of Austria – Vienna. There was the time of the midst of the Christmas markets. There were dozens of fairs throughout the city. And the largest one was under the town hall… There were festive Christmas trees at every step. The Christmas atmosphere covers you at the airport and does not let go before your departure.
Generally, the Christmas fairs start in the twentieth of November. And they end before the Christmas holiday – on the 21-24th of November. It is worth keeping in mind.
In total there are more than 10 fairs for the city. I visited about 5 or 6 of them. Most of all I liked the one that is near the Schönbrunn Palace. Well, the largest one is near the town hall. There are a lot of things!
To say that they were some irreplaceable – I cannot. It is cute little fairs, which sells everything that you want. Basically – this is the food (goulash or cream soup, mors and punch) and Christmas decorations. On the photo above, you can see only the choice of brezels: sweet, salty, with powder, in syrup, chocolate, with nuts…
There are just immeasurable amount of various Christmas decorations and ornaments. Sometimes it seems that the selection may be smaller even at the factory of the Christmas toys!
There are interesting hand-made things analogues of which have not met yet. For example – there are these fragrant things.
There are a kind of «garlands» made of tangerines, cinnamon and other elements. It creates a special flavor and helps to create an appropriate atmosphere in the house. I could not restrain myself and brought such things home with me. I understand and am going to write an article about how to do this thing. It is a very original thing!
When I firstly saw it – I thought that it something traditional for Austria. I searched something about it in Google- but I found nothing. So I went back to the fair and met a woman who was selling them. She is from Hungary and makes such garlands for sale. They do not even have a name. It is just an original idea which brought to life.
Gingerbread also keeps up with other products. For any color and taste. They are mandatory attributes of any fairs in Austria and Germany, Czech Republic, etc.
You can walk for fairs for hours. Here is its own atmosphere. You can consider all these cute little things. You can just drink the punch here. Or you can just watch people by enjoying this incredible holiday energy.
People are relaxed and enjoying life. Beautiful Christmas trees are at every step. So these are the Christmas fairs in Vienna!