Leading up to Christmas, there are many destinations in Europe that I’d love to make a holiday getaway to in the future … I’ve already spent a Christmas in Vienna, Austria, but one year I hope to make it to the Black Forest of Germany (or the Schwarzwald in German) to celebrate the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
When I think of sleigh rides and elves and workshops, there’s just something about the region that makes it totally believable that Santa Claus is real and has a workshop there, not the North Pole. I’m not the only one who thinks that, as Jerry B. Jenkins (you know, one of the Left Behind authors), even uses the location in his Christmas book* that I’ve reread every December since I found it in the bargain books section at B&N! Think about how many Christmas traditions most of us celebrate or do, like Christmas trees — the tradition apparently originated there — and its thought that Odin is the Germanic inspiration (at least beard-wise) for Santa Claus. Besides that, that one Christmas in Vienna made me fall in love with their Christmas markets … thankfully we have several places around Texas with German heritage that host them each year!
via Diueine @ Flickr
… and in warmer weather …
So … blogger Christmas group trip to Germany next year anyone?