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Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas?

Last year I had planned to spend Christmas in Germany with my granddaughter and family. Her husband is stationed at Ramstein Air Base. Because of COVID-19, the trip was cancelled - disappointing, but understandable.

One of the things on our to-do list in Germany was walking through the Christmas Market. Since we couldn’t be there, my granddaughter sent many photos of the open air Christmas Markets they visited. What a festive time.

The photos showed us fresh evergreen trees everywhere, along with fresh green wreaths and swags. Could we find that here? Yes - but this was holiday greenery available at the Christmas Market in Germany.

There were myriad photos of Christmas decorations and ornaments in the outdoor markets. Quite frankly, some of those same ornaments can be found at Hobby Lobby. But these were ornaments from Christmas Market in Germany.

Photos of the cookies and cakes and candies available at the open air markets were absolutely mouth watering. Making it even more adorable were photos of my little grandbabies enjoying a bite at the Christmas Market in Germany.

So here we are in the middle of April 2021 still in the throes of COVID-19. While many of us have received our vaccinations, there are still many who have not. Personally. I think it’s very important that everyone be vaccinated.

Today’s thought is - will it be feasible to make travel plans for this Christmas?

Then this story crossed my screen: Christkindlmarket in Des Moines the first weekend of December. The story stated: “A Christmas Market is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany and Austria but are now held in many other countries. German immigrants brought their Christmas market celebrations to the United States. According to Wikipedia, there are currently 20 Christmas markets held in the United States each year. Well, now there are 21!”

Here is what to expect from Christkindlmarket this December in Des Moines:

Culture - Learn about European culture through this 700 year old holiday tradition!

Food - Enjoy bratwurst, candied nuts and authentic German foods.

Kid (and Pet) - Friendly - Visit the KinderKorner where your kids can hear stories, sing songs, and participate in other cultural activities.

Shopping - Select from old-world, artisinal, hand-crafted products representing various European cultures.

Entertainment - Nowhere in our State will you experience such a diverse artistic offering on our entertainment stage.

Glühwein - Christmas markets aren't the same without warm, mulled-wine enjoyed out of a commemorative, keepsake mug!

Spending Christmas with family in Texas, we travel to the tourist town of Gruene to enjoy Glühwein (served not in a keepsake mug, but a styrofoam cup).

Perhaps - if traveling to Germany to visit my granddaughter is out of the equation again this year, a visit to Christkindlmarket in Des Moines might fill the void.

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