I have never asked myself why I like Christmas markets that much. I thought the reason for that was because they were such a fascinating new thing to me (this year is the second year I’ve gone to Christmas markets), but I am not sure. Thinking about these special markets gives me as much excitement as when I do about pre-Tet shopping.
To me, Christmas and Tet relate in so many ways: the ambiance, the weather, the joy, the positivity vibes, the gifts, the food, you name it. On the contrary, the New Year surprisingly does not share many similarities with Tet. Tet has always been my most favorite holiday, and now it has a friend named Christmas. Well, they are nowhere near siblings, as they belong to two distinct cultures.
As much as Christmas resembles Tet, the markets are not entirely the same. While Tet markets are all about flowers, decoration, and traditional food, Christmas markets are so commercialized nowadays, especially in Paris, at least that’s what I perceive. The ones in Annecy and Strasbourg have much more to offer, but on the contrary, we barely found any Christmas-related goods at the Christmas market in Janvry. Most of the displayed goods are jewelry, bags, and ordinary decorations which you can find anywhere. The Christmasiest thing is probably hot wine – vin chaud. And luckily, it’s always good.
I sure will upload nice pictures from the Christmas market in Annecy when we go there for holiday. Just to show why I love Christmas markets 🙂