Greetings to all our family and friends! I hope you are all having a happy holiday with lots of great food, nice presents, and most of all good company.
Christmas is a big deal in Austria and a very festive time. We’ve been enjoying the Christkindl Markt in the town where there’s hot Gluhwein to keep you from feeling the cold. If you haven’t tried it before, it’s a mulled wine served warm and there always people willing to brave the weather to stand outside and drink it. It’s really good stuff.
There are also tons of Italians who cross the nearby border to Xmas shop in the market and the big mall here, guzzle Gluhwein, and generally just look really stylish. On the weekends, we hear Italian being spoken everywhere, and while I hate stereotypes, they all seem to be wearing the shiniest boots and coolest jackets. I’m jealous.
We spent Christmas Eve dinner with some other expats and the big day relaxing. We didn’t to have wish for a white Christmas – here are a few views of the town and the market: