Every year I look forward to going to the Kriskindl Market in Chicago. I am glad that I can enjoy this German tradition without me flying all the way to Germany as it comes to Chicago every year right after Thanksgiving.
The shops are so wonderful. Prices of handmade ornaments are a bit higher than at the stores but what you are paying here is the novelty and all of them are finely crafted by German artisans.
Like most of the revelers many of us go for the food and hot cider. The hot steaming drink is just the perfect antidote for the low temperature. And it is always fun to sample the dishes from across the continent. But every year I opt for the smoked links with plenty of cabbage sauerkraut and grain mustard.
Friday the temperature turned to mild 30 degrees Fahrenheit. That is warm considering the last few days we were in the single digit with wind chills in the negative. So the plaza was packed and everyone’s got their holiday spirits. We shared tables with strangers and introduced ourselves, even having one’s photo taken with somebody who out of the blue just started yelling Mabuhay (Long Live in English) as he sidled next up to you.
Don’t you just love Christmas?