In case you hadn’t thought about it, just like in America, Germans celebrate Christmas, too. Only somewhat differently. Gift giving starts earlier, on Sankt Nikolaus Day, December 6. We didn’t get anything. Maybe we’re too naughty somehow.

Rather randomly, I took photos that attempt to show the German fervor for the season. On the street it manifests itself by high attendance at the numerous outdoor Christkindlmarkts where stalls are set up to sell all kinds of small items, often handmade, and traditional foods and drink.

Decorations are hung to proclaim the season. Churches are in as full swing as ever, which may not be saying too much as they are slowly going out of business, were it not for state support.

So here we go as I stagger wander around, iPad mini in hand, snapping away.

Direction to the Christmas Market in Nürnberg

Direction to the Christmas Market in Nürnberg

Entry to the children's market

Entry to the children’s market

Music by a sailors chorus

Music by a sailors chorus

They are really quite good and had their lyrics memorized

They are really quite good and had their lyrics memorized

Daytime in the center of Munich

Daytime in the center of Munich

Markets are crowded day and night

Markets are crowded day and night

Always a good place to people watch

Always a good place to people watch

Some dress differently

Some dress differently

The long awaited St. Nicholas Day

The long awaited St. Nicholas Day

Goodies galore

Goodies galore

Christmas Rose

Christmas Rose

There's plenty of English to go around

There’s plenty of English to go around

English is the preferred second language

English is the preferred second language

People to watch

People to watch

More people to watch

More people to watch

Definitely Santas are around

Definitely Santas are around

Here he is delivering something

Here he is delivering something

Not to forget the angels

Not to forget the angels

Suzi checking her messages amidst some decorations

Suzi checking her messages amidst some decorations

Tis the season to be in the Old World. They really do it right.

Tis the season to be in the Old World. They really do it right.

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