Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ingelheimer Christmas Market

Christmas markets are a wonderful holiday tradition in Germany and my parents joined the festivities in full force! They were here last year with us at the Ingelheim Christmas market. Ingelheim is a small town about 20 minutes from Mainz where Jan works and his sister now lives. Here is an official picture of the Christmas market:

You might have heard of mulled wine (Gluehwein) - it's hot, red wine with spices which is served during the winter. There is another hot drink though, which in our opinion, is much better: Feuerzangenbowle!

Feuerzangenbowle is an alcoholic punch consisting of red wine, rum, lemons, oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves and sugar. You can get it at all the Christmas markets, but we've only found it made the old fashion way seen here in Ingelheim. It clearly tastes much better than the others and you have your own little torched drink to boot!

The lady is firing up the rum on the sugar cube

Someone is excited - this clearly isn't the diabetic's dream though...

Here you can see the torched drinks

another great Ingelheim Christmas market tradition - the campfire!

The "Konfetti's"

Last year the Konfetti's - a singing group from Ingelheim - serenaded our evening at the Christmas market - this year we made sure to be back for their performance. We had a great evening in Ingelheim, everyone got their favorites: Feuerzangenbowle, bratwurst, Konfetti's and campfire! We'll be back next year, anyone wanna join us?


IUgirl78 said...

Whoa--what cool pictures!! Great photography, Michelle. :) It looks like you had a great time and it's so nice that your parents could join you.

APMom said...

I really need to visit Germany during the Winter some time!

Jen said...

So fun!!! I love these pictures. I want to come back now. Winter is definitely a great time to be in Germany. How fun to be getting out enjoying the festivities before the baby arrives.

Matt and Tara said...

How funny that the Germans have Feuerzangenbowle. The Swedes have Glogg which is very similar (wine, vodka, orange juice, raisins, cloves, cinnamon, etc.). My dad makes is and boy it'll knock your socks off!!!